The US ambassador to Panama has resigned, saying that he can no longer serve President Donald Trump, Reuters reports.
Ambassador John Feeley, a career diplomat with three decades of service who previously served as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, told the State Department he is resigning “on principle.”
“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,” he said in a letter, according to Reuters.
“My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come,” he wrote.
The State Department confirmed his resignation, saying Feeley “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.”
”Everyone has a line that they will not cross,” Under Secretary of State Steve 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.”
Reuters reports that Feeley’s decision to resign came before Trump’s “shithole” comments Thursday.