John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, was serving as the US Ambassador to Panama. He has resigned from his position as Ambassador saying that he felt that he cannot serve the US President Donald Trump, anymore.
The departure of the US Ambassador to Panama had been communicated to State Department officials on December 27, 2017. Feeley has clearly spoken out his head mentioning that he had come to a place where he no longer felt that he could serve under Trump anymore.
“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,” Feeley said, as per an extract of the resignation letter read to Reuters.
He added, “My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come.”
A spokeswoman at the State Department has confirmed the news 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.”
Feeley’s career included serving as the No. 2 official in the State Department bureau that deals with Latin America, as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City and as director for Central American affairs in Washington.
However, the US officials have declined to discuss the actual reasons for Feeley’s departure from the department in spite of having served a long career. He had spent most of his term working on the issues of Latin American. And, some of Donald Trump’s policies have been widely considered opposing Latin America.
Trump has taken strong measures to obstruct and expel the immigrants from Latin America. Still, it is conveyed that Feeley’s resignation was not in response to Trump’s abusive words such as “shithole” for the Haiti and African countries in a meeting held the next day of the Ambassador’s quit.