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Can't serve under President Trump : US Ambassador to Panama quits

Can't serve under President Trump : US Ambassador to Panama quits

Feely's decision to resign from his ambassadorship came before Trump was reported to have called Haiti, El Salvador and parts of Africa "shithole countries" during a meeting about immigration on Thursday, Reuters reports.

In a carefully-worded letter to the State Department, US ambassador to Panama John Feeley detailed that he will resign effective March 9 because he "might not agree with certain policies" of Trump and his cabinet.

The news hit the department particularly hard Friday, as many officials were also learning from published reports that Trump, in a White House meeting with congressional leaders, called El Salvador and African nations "shithole countries" and questioned why the USA admits immigrants from Haiti. That time has come.

But others have wrestled with staying, feeling unsure whether they're protecting US influence or contributing to its erosion.

The Marine Corps veteran flew amphibious assault helicopters in and over Lebanon in the mid-1980s following the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut.

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He said his understanding was that the ambassador had resigned for "personal reasons". State Department on December 27, and was not in response to those alleged remarks from the president.

The US ambassador to Panama has reportedly resigned from his post saying he could no longer serve under his administration.

"Everyone has a line that they will not cross", Goldstein said. "If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve ... then he has made the right decision for himself and we respect that".

"He is a career diplomat who has focused much of his work on Latin American and Caribbean issues, both in Washington and in the region", his bio reads.

Some of Mr Trump's policies have caused uproar in the region, including most recently of Salvadorean, Haitian and Nicaraguan immigrants living in the USA after natural disasters.


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