US Ambassador to Panama resigns


US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley has resigned, saying he can not serve under President Donald Trump, media reports said on Friday.

The US State Department confirmed the departure of Feeley, saying he made a decision to "retire for personal reasons, as of 9 March this year", The Independent reported.

The State Department confirmed the departure, saying Feeley has made a decision to "retire for personal reasons, as of 9 March this year".

The announcement comes on the heels of a report that Trump called Haiti and African countries "shithole countries," a claim Trump denies. "That time has come", read Feeley's resignation letter, obtained by CNN. Multiple news agencies report that Feeley says he can no longer serve under the Trump Administration, and will be leaving for "personal reasons".

John Feeley, 56, who worked at the State Department for almost 30 years, announced his resignation in a letter to the State Department.

Feeley's resignation was submitted prior to Thursday's controversial remarks.

In December, Elizabeth Shackelford, a State Department worker in Nairobi, put down her resignation papers.

It would have been hard for the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti to resign given there is no U.S. Ambassador to Haiti. But 320 days have elapsed since the start of the Trump administration and acting officials in the State Department are starting to hit that limit, making presidential nominations more important than ever.

John Feeley, a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, said he was "honour-bound" to resign. He arranged an Oval Office meeting with Trump and Panama's president.

"He was the most respected Latin America expert in the Foreign Service and doubtlessly headed for senior leadership positions", said Benjamin Gedan, who was National Security Council director for Latin America during the Obama administration and worked with Feeley at State.