After Donald Trump’s latest shameful, racist comments calling African countries “shitholes,” John Feely, the U.S. Ambassador to Panama has abruptly resigned saying he cannot continue to serve under Donald Trump. From The Telegraph:
US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.
“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. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come,” Mr Feeley said, according to an excerpt of his resignation letter read to Reuters.
A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Mr Feeley’s departure, saying that he “has informed the White House, the Department of State, and the Government of Panama of his decision to retire for personal reasons, as of March 9 of this year.”
Will others follow his lead?
AP reporter Josh Lederman says Ambassador Feeley resigned before Trump’s vile comments. Either way, he leaves with his integrity intact.
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Anyone who is reporting the ambassador to Panama resigned in wake of Trump's remarks yesterday is WRONG. His resignation was already on US Embassy website BEFORE Trump made those remarks
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) January 12, 2018
Anyone who is reporting the ambassador to Panama resigned in wake of Trump’s remarks yesterday is WRONG. His resignation was already on US Embassy website BEFORE Trump made those remarks
Ã¢ÂÂ Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) January 12, 2018