US ambassador to Panama resigns, says can't serve Donald Trump

US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Citing Trump Policies

Feely is a career diplomat and U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot veteran who acknowledged in his resignation letter that he believed he could no longer serve apolitically in the Trump administration. "That time has come", Feeley said.

Feeley had told State Department officials about stepping down on December 27, 2017, and so, it is not a direct response to Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe certain nations, officials said. 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".

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. He is the first U.S. Ambassador to resign because of the president. Goldstein told reporters at the State Department.

Feeley's resignation marks the end of a 35-year career in public service as a marine and diplomat, according to a notice from the USA embassy in Panama.

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Some of Trump's policies have been widely regarded within the region as hostile to Latin America. Trump reportedly said. "Take them out".

Some of Mr Trump's policies have caused uproar in the region, including most recently his decision to remove residency permits for thousands of Salvadorean, Haitian and Nicaraguan immigrants living in the United States after natural disasters.

Feeley's career included serving as the No. 2 official in the State Department bureau that deals with Latin America, as deputy chief of mission at the USA embassy in Mexico City and as director for Central American affairs in Washington.

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