USA ambassador resigns, says he can no longer serve under Trump

John Feeley soon after his appointment as ambassador to Panama in February 2016. The career diplomat has now announced his resignation

"That time has come", Feeley wrote. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign.

The State Department confirmed the departure, saying Feeley has chose to "retire for personal reasons, as of 9 March this year".

A local Panama newspaper reported Feely's resignation early Thursday before The Washington Post reported that Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "shithole countries" in a meeting with lawmakers.

John Feeley, the USA ambassador to Panama, has written and submitted a letter of resignation, saying he is leaving the office on principle and no longer feels comfortable serving in the Trump administration.

But an excerpt from his resignation letter reported by Reuters indicates that Feeley is indeed resigning out of protest of the Trump presidency.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission John Feeley in Mexico speaks during a ceremony at a hangar of the Secretariat of National Defense in Mexico City, Mexico November 8, 2010.

"Everyone has a line that they will not corss", Goldstein told reporters.

In an open letter published on the embassy's website, addressed to the Central American president, Juan Carlos Verla and Vice President Isabel Saint Malo, the ambassador declared the end of his career with the United States government effective March 9.

Feeley's resignation from the State Department is another indication of Trump's chaotic state department, led by Rex Tillerson, who refused to deny calling Trump a "f**king moron". "If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve. then he has made the right decision for himself and we respecte that".

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