John Feeley, a career diplomat and former marine helicopter pilot, wrote his letter of resignation to detail how even despite his years of service, he could not move forward with his current position.
“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," Feeley wrote.
A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Feeley's resignation and said that the diplomat “has informed the White House, the state department and the government of Panama of his decision to retire for personal reasons, as of 9 March of this year.”
Under-secretary of state Steve Goldstein said Feeley's resignation was not due to the recent comments made by Trump about Haiti and African countries being a "shithole" during a meeting on immigration reform on Thursday.
Goldstein said that he was aware of Feeley's plans to depart a full 24 hours before Trump's use of the term was revealed and said that the ambassador was resigning for "personal reasons."
“Everyone has a line that they will not cross,” “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.”