US ambassador to Panama resigns, says he can’t work under Trump anymore

The US ambassador to Panama decided on Friday to resign. According to the State Department, his decision was made due to personal reasons. However, he reportedly said in his resignation letter that he can no longer serve US President Donald Trump and his administration “in an apolitical fashion.”
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After US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley handed in his resignation on Friday, conflicting reports about his decision quickly began to spread. According to his resignation letter, which was obtained by Reuters, he has decided to leave his post because he feels that he can no longer serve under US President Donald Trump and his administration.

“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,” Feeley said in the letter. “My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come.”

However, the US State Department insists that Feeley quit due to personal reasons. A department spokeswoman said that Feeley has informed the White House and the department of his “decision to retire for personal reasons, as of March 9 of this year.”

Feeley’s decision comes less than a day after it was reported that Trump demanded to know why people from “shithole countries” are being allowed to enter America. Trump reportedly made the comment during a meeting on immigration with lawmakers and in reference to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. On Friday morning, Trump denied the reports in a series of tweets.

“If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States,” UN human rights spokesperson Rupert Coleville said. “There is no other word you can use but racist.”



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