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USA ambassador to Panama steps down

USA ambassador to Panama steps down

The U.S. ambassador to Panama abruptly resigned from his diplomatic post on Friday, stating in his resignation letter that he can no longer serve a country with Donald Trump as president, Reuters reported.

The State Department, however, said Mr. Feeley (56) had retired due to personal reasons.

The announcement comes while President Trump is facing accusations of racism (again) after he allegedly referred to nations in Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa as "sh*thole countries". "That time has come", Feeley said.

"Everyone has a line that they will not cross", Goldstein said.

USA officials declined to discuss Feeley's reasons for leaving the department after a long career, much of which was spent working on Latin American issues.

Feeley had actually sent his resignation letter at the end of December, wellbefore this latest presidential controversy.

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Panama will join the dozens of countries that do not now have Senate-confirmed USA ambassadors in place, including key U.S. allies like South Korea, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The State Department later told reporters Feeley chose to resign back in December. But 320 days have elapsed since the start of the Trump administration and acting officials in the State Department are starting to hit that limit, making presidential nominations more important than ever.

The US ambassador to Panama has reportedly resigned from his post saying he could no longer serve under his administration.

She alleged that the United States had abandoned human rights as a priority.

Feeley is a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot. He arranged an Oval Office meeting with Trump and Panama's president.

Contrary to some early speculation, Feeley tendered his resignation prior to Trump's reported comments (which the president denies making).