Reason for US Ambassador to Panama's Resignation: Trump

John Feeley is out effective March 9
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2018 5:00 AM CST
US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Cites Trump as Cause
John D. Feeley, US ambassador to Panama.   (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

The US ambassador to Panama will no longer have that title as of March 9. John Feeley has submitted his resignation and cited President Trump as the motivating factor. Reuters quotes from part of the longtime diplomat's resignation letter: "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 State Department was made aware of his decision Dec. 27, with Reuters noting it had no connection to the president's alleged use of "shithole" in a Thursday discussion about Haiti and African countries.

Per the BBC, Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein's only elaboration was to say Feeley—described as a Latin America specialist—was leaving for "personal reasons." It flags one other diplomat to recently resign: Elizabeth Shackelford, whom Foreign Policy called a "rising star" in the State Department, resigned her post in Nairobi for the US mission to Somalia in December, citing the administration's "stinging disrespect ... [for] our profession." (More US ambassador stories.)

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