USA ambassador to Panama resigns, says he can't work under Trump anymore



The US ambassador to Panama has resigned over differences with the Trump administration.

"Given what happened in the last few days, people are wondering how are they going to be effective in an environment like this", said a US official who works regularly with the State Department. My instructions clearly stated that if I did not believe in my ability to do so, I will have to resign, the time has come for it, "wrote Feely in his letter".

The letter goes on to say that he leaves the embassy "in good hands" and the USA relationship with Panama is "strong".

The U.S. ambassador to Panama said he could no longer"faithfully serve under the Trump administration Friday

According to multiple media reports, Mr. Feeley in his resignation letter said that he can not serve under the current US President.

Feeley's resignation puts an end to a long career at the State Department.

A State Department spokeswoman confirmed departure as of March 9 this year and said it was for personal reasons.

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According to an excerpt of his resignation letter that was read to CNN, Feeley's decision was clearly prompted by differences with the Trump administration but was made well before Thursday's reporting about President Donald Trump's "shithole" comments. A State Department official told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that Feeley had made them aware of his impending departure on December 27, and said he was leaving "for personal reasons".

Panama will join the dozens of countries that do not now have Senate-confirmed USA ambassadors in place, including key U.S. allies like South Korea, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

She alleged that the United States had abandoned human rights as a priority. He joined it in 1990, after serving as a Marine helicopter pilot, and has held diplomatic roles throughout the Americas.

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"He was the most respected Latin America expert in the Foreign Service and doubtlessly headed for senior leadership positions", said Benjamin Gedan, who was National Security Council director for Latin America during the Obama administration and worked with Feeley at State.

Contrary to some early speculation, Feeley tendered his resignation prior to Trump's reported comments (which the president denies making).

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