USA diplomat John Feeley announced Thursday he would resign from his post as ambassador to Panama, the same day President Donald Trump provoked controversy by reportedly demeaning immigrants from central America and "shithole countries" in Africa. "That time has come", Feeley wrote.
The envoy will continue to serve until March 9, according to State Department officials.
Sources tell NPR that at that meeting, Trump referred to African nations as "shithole countries" and questioned why the USA admits immigrants from Haiti. He notified the White House of his planned departure, as well as Panama's president. The State Department confirmed the resignation to Reuters, saying it was for "personal reasons". News and Reuters, however, are reporting that the resignation stems from the Obama appointee's growing dissatisfaction with Trump.
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"Ambassador Feeley.informed leadership of his decision on December 27, 2017", the official said.
First, there was the telephone game turned Washington Post report, suggesting Trump called a handful of developing countries "shitholes". He tweeted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Speaking to journalists at the State Department, he said, "Everyone has a line that they will not cross". Made up by Dems.
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Feeley was a career diplomat who was sworn in as ambassador in January 2016.
John Feeley, a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, said he was "honour-bound" to resign.
Elizabeth Shackelford, who worked in Nairobi for the United States mission to Somalia, resigned in December.
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission John Feeley in Mexico speaks during a ceremony at a hangar of the Secretariat of National Defense in Mexico City, Mexico November 8, 2010.