US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Says He Can No Longer Serve Trump

NARCH  NARCH30

The US ambassador to Panama has quit because he says he is no longer able to serve under President Donald Trump.

John Feeley informed the State Department of his intention to step down early Thursday - before Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries," a Panamian news outlet reported.

Feeley cited personal reasons for his departure, State Department spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala said, with no comment regarding his letter. "That time has come", Feeley wrote.

But others have wrestled with staying, feeling unsure whether they're protecting USA influence or contributing to its erosion. Marine Corps and the State Department, wrote in a December 27 letter that he can no longer comfortably serve under Trump.


"Given what happened in the last few days, people are wondering how are they going to be effective in an environment like this", said a US official who works regularly with the State Department.

The US Ambassador to Panama resigned, pointing to disagreements with President Donald Trump's policy. "There is a sense of duty to carry out what we've been trained", said one State Department official. "If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve. then he has made the right decision for himself and we respect that". He is a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot with over 25 years of experience at the State Department.

Morale at the agency has flagged since Trump took office.

On Friday morning, Trump denied using the term altogether, even though he has been slammed by not just Democrats that were present in the meeting, but also by some Republicans.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pirates trade RHP Cole to Astros
Jan 14, 2018 - 12:46
Feliz is a hard-throwing right-handed reliever who struck out 13.13 batters per nine innings in 46 appearances last season. Even with those lackluster stats last season, Cole is the kind of pitcher the Astros can afford to take a chance on.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top AstraZeneca Says FDA Oks Lynparza For Metastatic Breast Cancer
Jan 14, 2018 - 12:44
Women taking Lynparza should not breastfeed as it could cause harm to a newborn baby. This was true at 2, 5 and 10 years following diagnosis.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amid Ahed Tamimi Imprisonment, Two 16-Year-Old Palestinians Killed by Israel
Jan 14, 2018 - 12:42
According to a statement, four people, including a first aid officer of the Red Crescent, were injured by the Israeli police. Two other Palestinians were injured and transferred to the Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah along with Abu Musaed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meeting Trump would be a "bitter pill" to swallow: Imran Khan
Jan 14, 2018 - 12:41
He said that Pakistan is facing serious problems from the elements carrying out attacking from Afghanistan's soil. Sharif's brother, Shahbaz, is also a potential candidate for the prime minister job.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top We Can Use NAFTA to Pay for Border Wall
Jan 14, 2018 - 12:39
He didn't elaborate on what that means. "They can pay for it indirectly through Nafta", the newspaper quoted Trump as saying. Canadian officials said this week there's an increased likelihood Trump will follow through on his exit threat.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top LG Reveals First 8K Resolution 88-Inch OLED TV Of The World
Jan 14, 2018 - 12:33
Since it's an 8K OLED display, we can expect high quality TV, deep black levels, and extremely bright colors. The 8K resolution provides intense pixel density, making the visual crystal-clear and stunning.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rosy Cotton Bowl with playoff-snubbed Ohio State against USC
Jan 14, 2018 - 12:32
That was hardly the only time it happened as the offense apparently requires tight ends to routinely deal with the defensive ends. Let's measure USC's progress in Texas: USC trailed Alabama, 17-3 at halftime at AT&T Stadium in the 2016 season opener.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Slain Pakistani girl may have been victim of serial killer
Jan 14, 2018 - 12:29
It is the 12th such murder in the town of Kasur in a year, and has raised concerns that a serial killer may be on the loose. Zainab's parents returned from their pilgrimage on Wednesday but they were unable to attend their child's funeral prayers.

Mueller Appoints Cyber Expert to Trump Probe Team
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:43
The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump , but no details have been worked out. Serious questions have been raised as to whether Mueller's team of Trump-hating partisans is conducting a fair investigation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top HUD Sending $83.2 Million to Florida Groups Helping the Homeless
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:42
They will report these one-night "point-in-time counts" later in the year to establish HUD's 2018 national homeless estimate. Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Local offices to close for MLK day
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:40
On Monday night, another service will take place at a Topeka church and will reach the quarter-century mark in the process. Martin Luther King, Jr . stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his now famous "I Have A Dream Speech".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Grassley: Hope Trump doesn't call me about Russian Federation probe
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:39
It "would be valuable to have [Ivanka] come and testify before the committee", he added, according to Politico . CNN published stories about some of Trump Jr.'s comments while his interview was still being conducted.

AUSTRALIA OPEN: Federer drawn against Bedene, Nadal meets Burgos
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:39
World No.1 Rafael Nadal has tuned up for the Australian Open with an exhibition match win at Melbourne Park. Rafa Nadal , who Federer beat in the 2017 final, has also had issues with his knees leading into the event.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump Rages Against Iran, Pakistan In First Tweets Of 2018
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:38
The US has long accused Pakistan of providing safe heavens to the terrorists that the United State hunts in Afghanistan. Pakistan also enjoys certain privileges as one of 16 US 'Non-NATO Major Allies'.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Powerful winter storm slams Island Park with blizzard-like conditions
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:38
Earlier in the week, winter weather brought unusually cold temperatures and snowfall to southern states, as far as Florida. Gusts of 75 miles per hour were recorded in Wellfleet, Mass., and a gust of 76 miles per hour was recorded in Nantucket.