US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley has resigned, saying he no longer felt able to work for President Donald Trump.
Feeley, a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, had informed the US State Department about his departure on December 27, US officials said.
His resignation was not a response to Trump’s alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on Thursday, reports said.
Feeley, among the State Department’s most senior officers and a Latin America specialists, said his decision was clearly prompted by differences with the Trump administration.
“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 a resignation letter.
“My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to…