US ambassador to Panama gives his resignation, says cannot serve Trump

Last Updated: Jan 13 2018 12:29

United States Ambassador to Panama  John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, gave his resignation and told the state department that 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 honour bound to resign. That time has come,” Feeley said, according to an excerpt of his resignation letter read to Reuters.

A state department spokeswoman confirmed 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”.