13 January 2018
The U.S. ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, has tendered his resignation, stating he can no longer serve under President Donald Trump.
In his letter of resignation which was read to Reuters, John Feeley, a career diplomat and former marine helicopter pilot said:
“As a junior Foreign Service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come.”
The U.S. Department of State, which oversees American diplomats, learned of his resignation in late December.
Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein confirmed he was aware of Mr. Feeley’s planned departure ahead of the president’s alleged remarks on Thursday.
He said the ambassador, a career diplomat who spent most of his life working on Latin American issues, was leaving for “personal reasons”.
Some of Trump’s policies have caused uproar in the region, including most recently his decision to remove residency permits for thousands of Salvadorean, Haitian and Nicaraguan immigrants living in the U.S. after natural disasters.
Feeley will leave his post on March 9th 2018.