U.S. Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Says Cannot Serve Trump

“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,” said John Feeley. “My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign”

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission John Feeley / REUTERS

(Reuters) — U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.

“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, according to an excerpt of his resignation letter read to Reuters on Friday.

Read more news @ DiversityInc.com

“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 State Department spokeswoman confirmed Feeley’s departure, 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.”

Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said Feeley’s departure was not a response to Trump’s alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on Thursday. Trump denies using the term.

Speaking to reporters, Goldstein said that he was aware of Feeley’s planned departure 24 hours in advance, before Trump’s alleged use of the term, and said his understanding was that the ambassador had resigned for “personal reasons.”

“Everyone has a line that they will not cross,” Goldstein told reporters at the State Department. “If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve … then he has made the right decision for himself and we respect that.”

Recommended Articles

5 comments

Leave a Reply

*Your email address will not be published


  • Charity Dell

    I hope Feeley’s departure does not start a cascade effect…we need EVERY brain working
    out there in Diplomat Land!

    GOD SAVE THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS:
    OUR FOREIGN POLICY AIN’T NO MORE!

    Reply
    • Dr Harold Westra

      So your answer is to abandon your p0st, when you could have remained to have an impact.
      I would not want you on my team either, goodbye

      Reply
      • No not abandoning his post, he is honoring the oath he swore to! He is unable to live up to it so he is stepping down from it. Many people could learn from him. I commend him, his honesty and loyalty to hisself and oath of his job!!!

        Reply
      • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

        It’s the Nuremburg principle: if you cannot honorably follow the orders of the people to whom you owe obedience, you must refuse and resign rather than behave dishonorably in some vague hope that you will “have an impact”. You sound like you would not be a good boss to work for, Dr. Westra.

        Reply
« Previous Article     Next Article »