U.S. Ambassador To Panama Resigns On ‘Principle’

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U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley is stepping down saying he can no longer serve under the president.

The U.S. Ambassador to Panama is stepping down as of March, according to Reuters, following a long career serving in multiple capacities. John Feeley indicated he can no longer serve under the president and believes he is "honor bound" to resign.

His resignation letter read in part:

“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.”

Despite the timing of the news, Reuters also reports that Feeley's decision was made well in advance of President Donald Trump's recent remarks disparaging people of certain countries:

Feeley’s departure had been communicated to State Department officials on Dec. 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.