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US envoy to Panama reportedly resigns, says he can no longer work for Trump

Trump's 'America First' agenda is in stark contrast with the globalisation and regulatory integration popular among the Davos crowd
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Feeley's resignation was submitted prior to Trump's controversial 'shithole' remarks on Thursday

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

The envoy will continue to serve until March 9, according to State Department officials.

"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,” John Feeley 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.”

The reports of the resignation comes just hours after the US ambassador to Botswana was summoned as disparaging remarks Trump is alleged to have made about Africa and Haiti which sparked international furor.

According to several reports, including a senior Democratic senator, Trump repeatedly called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries" during a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

Trump has since denied that such language was used.

Feeley's resignation was submitted prior to Thursday's controversial remarks.

 He has served since 2016, appointed by former president Barack Obama, in a foreign service appointment which typically lasts around three years.

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good riddance.

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