12 Jan '18, 5pm

US ambassador to #Panama resigns, says cannot serve #DonaldTrump

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US 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 (Jan 12). "My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honour 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...

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