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

Mr Trump has stirred a number of controversies since coming to office

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.

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