Washington, Jan 13: US ambassador to Panama John Feeley, in his resignation letter, on Saturday said that he can no longer serve Trump administration. Confirming the resignation, the Department of State spokeswoman said Feeley has chosen to leave the office on March 9 by citing personal reasons. But the resignation letter, in a veiled manner, attacks the anti-immigration policies of Donald Trump.
“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. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come,” said Feeley in his letter. [Also read: Donald Trump is in ‘Excellent Health’, Says White House Doctor]
However, the state department was quick to deny that the resignation has anything to do with Donald Trump’s remark of “shithole countries” for Haiti, El Salvador and other African nations. Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said the ambassador has chosen to resign for personal reasons.
Donald Trump was severally criticised for alleged remark in a meeting with senior senators. However, Trump denied the reports citing him using “shithole countries” during a meet with senior senators. Taking to Twitter, Trump said he used a tough language but did not use “shithole” countries for Haiti, El Salvador and other African countries. Reports had claimed that Trump grew angry with the protection given to immigrants from these countries.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!” tweeted Trump. He emphasised that he did not use any derogatory word against the people of Haiti.
In his tweet, he said he never used the term “take them out” for the people of poor country. “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!” tweeted Trump.