Journalists Falsely Report US Ambassadors Resigned Over Trump's Alleged 'S***hole' Comments

Journalists Falsely Report US Ambassadors Resigned Over Trump's Alleged 'S***hole' Comments

The US ambassador to Panama has resigned over differences with the Trump administration.

A number of journalists falsely reported that two US ambassadors resigned in protest of alleged comments President Donald Trump made Thursday, when he was accused of using vulgar language to describe many third-world countries.

Feeley's resignation marks the end of a 35-year career in public service as a marine and diplomat, according to a notice from the USA embassy in Panama.

John Feeley informed the administration on December 27, 2017 that he would be resigning "for personal reasons, " the State Department confirms.

Under-secretary of state Steve Goldstein said Feeley's departure was not a response to Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on Thursday.

"Feeley, one of the department's Latin America specialists and among its [most senior] officers, made clear that he had come to a place where he no longer felt able to serve under Trump".


Feeley is the first ambassador to resign over concerns about Trump's policies and leadership.

Feely's biography on the website for the U.S. Embassy in Panama notes that he joined the State Department in 1990 and assumed his post in January 2016.

While not specifically mentioned by President Trump, Panama is located in a region that Trump has frequently targeted with his off-handed remarks and on-handed policy decisions.

Speaking to journalists at the State Department, he said, "Everyone has a line that they will not cross". "If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve ... then he has made the right decision for himself and we respect that".

While some have speculated that Feeley's decision was influenced by Trump's comments, a senior State Department official separately told Newsweek that was not the case.

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