US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Citing Trump Policies

US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Citing Trump Policies

Feeley cited personal reasons for his departure, State Department spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala said, with no comment regarding his letter.

Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said Feeley's departure was not related to the President's latest controversial remarks.Goldstein said he knew of Feeley's planned resignation 24 hours before Trump's alleged remarks, according to the Guardian.

Feeley's departure had been communicated to State Department officials on December 27 and was not a response to Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on Thursday, U.S. officials said.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

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"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, according to an excerpt of his resignation letter read to Reuters. "That time has come", Feeley wrote in his letter dated January 11, Reuters reported. He tweeted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

Making matters worse, an unsourced rumor cropped up on Twitter claiming the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti had also resigned.

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".

He has served since 2016, appointed by former president Barack Obama, in a foreign service appointment which typically lasts around three years.

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