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U.S. Ambassador To Panama Resigns, Saying He Can’t Serve Trump

John Feeley, shortly after his appointment as envoy to Panama in Feb 2016. The career diplomat has now announced his resignation.

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John Feeley, shortly after his appointment as envoy to Panama in Feb 2016. The career diplomat has now announced his resignation.

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John Feeley, a U.S. envoy to Panama, is stepping down from his post, citing unsuited differences with a Trump administration, Reuters reports.

Feeley’s resignation, widely reported on Friday, is not a response to President Trump’s remarks during a assembly about immigration during noon Thursday. Sources tell NPR that during that meeting, Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries” and questioned since a U.S. admits immigrants from Haiti. Trump denies reports about his remarks, that have stirred conflict around a world.

However, a envoy to Panama had tendered his abdication by Thursday morning, before a assembly occurred, a State Department central tells NPR’s Michele Kelemen.

Feeley, a career diplomat, has sensitive a White House, a State Department and a Panamanian supervision “of his preference to retire for personal reasons, as of Mar 9 of this year,” a State Department says.

Steve Goldstein, a undersecretary for diplomacy, told Michele that all ambassadors and other diplomats have a right to be in a pursuit they chose, and that it is adult to them if they leave for dignified reasons, or any other reason.

Reuters has some-more fact on Feeley’s settled reason of his resignation:

“Feeley, one of a department’s Latin America specialists and among a [most senior] officers, done transparent that he had come to a place where he no longer felt means to offer underneath Trump.

” ‘As a youth unfamiliar use officer, we sealed an promise to offer steadily a boss and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when we competence not determine with certain policies,’ Feeley said, according to an mention of a abdication minute review to Reuters on Friday.

” ‘My instructors done transparent that if we believed we could not do that, we would be respect firm to resign. That time has come.’ “

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