US Panama Ambassador Resigns Over Trump

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

The US ambassador to Panama has resigned from his post, telling the State Department that he can no longer serve under President Trump, according to reports.

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.

Feeley, one of the department's Latin America specialists and among its senior most officers, made clear that he had come to a place where he no longer felt able to serve under Trump.

According to the State Department, his decision was made due to personal reasons.

The resignation was made before Trump was publicly revealed to have described nations in Africa as well as Haiti as "s--hole countries". Trump reportedly said during a meeting with both Democrats and Republicans.

While not specifically mentioned by President Trump, Panama is located in a region that Trump has frequently targeted with his off-handed remarks and on-handed policy decisions.

Then, Donald Trump becomes president, and in less than a year, he blows up so much of the image of America that you have worked your whole career to build up overseas. He tweeted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

"Everyone has a line that they will not cross", Goldstein said.

So widespread was the disinformation, that the State Department issued a statement correcting the record. "[It is] not just in the manifestation of anti-LGBT attitudes".

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.

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