USA ambassador to Panama says he is 'honor bound to resign'


The US ambassador to Panama has resigned from his post, telling the State Department that he can no longer serve under President Trump, according to reports.

John Feeley, the USA ambassador to Panama, has written and submitted a letter of resignation, saying he is leaving the office on principle and no longer feels comfortable serving in the Trump administration.

Reuters reported that Feeleys letter of resignation stated: "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".

The U.S. State Department confirmed Feeley's departure from the post, saying that he made a decision to "retire for personal reasons, as of 9 March this year", according to Reuters. "That time has come", read Feeley's resignation letter, obtained by CNN.

Trump's alleged comments about African nations being "shitholes" is unlikely to improve the mood among members of the United States diplomatic corps.

Editor's note: NPR has decided in this case to spell out the vulgar word that the president reportedly used because it meets. The Trump administration recently made a decision to soon end Temporary Protected Status for citizens of countries like Haiti and El Salvador, who came to the escape natural disasters.

Feeley's resignation from the State Department is another indication of Trump's chaotic state department, led by Rex Tillerson, who refused to deny calling Trump a "f**king moron".

USA officials declined to discuss Feeley's reasons for leaving the department after a long career, much of which was spent working on Latin American issues. "If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve ... then he has made the right decision for himself and we respect that".