John Feeley speaking in Mexico in 2010

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John Feeley spent most of his life engaged on Latin American points

The US ambassador to Panama has give up as a result of he says he’s now not in a position to serve below President Donald Trump.

John Feeley, a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, mentioned he was “honor sure” to resign.

The US Division of State, which oversees American diplomats, realized of his resignation in late December.

It was not a direct response to Mr Trump’s alleged use of the term “shithole” to explain Haiti and African international locations.

“As a junior overseas service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical trend, even after I won’t agree with sure insurance policies,” Mr Feeley mentioned in his resignation letter.

“My instructors made clear that if I believed I couldn’t do this, I’d be honor sure to resign. That point has come.”

Underneath Secretary of State Steve Goldstein confirmed he was conscious of Mr Feeley’s deliberate departure forward of the president’s alleged remarks on Thursday.

He mentioned the ambassador, a profession diplomat who spent most of his life engaged on Latin American points, was leaving for “private causes”.

A few of Mr Trump’s insurance policies have triggered uproar within the area, together with most just lately his decision to remove residency permits for thousands of Salvadorean, Haitian and Nicaraguan immigrants residing within the US after pure disasters.

Mr Feeley just isn’t the primary State Division official to depart their publish.

Elizabeth Shackelford, who labored in Nairobi for the US mission to Somalia, resigned in December.

She wrote in her resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that she was quitting as a result of the US had deserted human rights as a precedence, in accordance with Overseas Coverage.

Mr Feeley will depart his publish on 9 March 2018.