Speaking to reporters, Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said he was aware of Feeley's planned departure on Thursday morning, before Trump's alleged use of the vulgar term, and said the ambassador was leaving for "personal reasons".
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The takeover of the SCV was similar to the action the Vatican took against another conservative group, the Legionaries of Christ. A statement on the group's website said it welcomed the pope's intervention and promised full cooperation with his administrator.
Feeley cited personal reasons for his departure, State Department spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala said, with no comment regarding his letter.
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".
He is the first U.S. Ambassador to resign because of the president.
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. Shortly thereafter, unconfirmed reports suggested American ambassadors to Haiti and Panama resigned as a result ShitholeGate.
"Everyone has a line that they don't want to cross and we respect that", Goldstein said.
In an open letter published on the embassy's website, addressed to the Central American president, Juan Carlos Verla and Vice President Isabel Saint Malo, the ambassador declared the end of his career with the United States government effective March 9.
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They arrested a man in his 20s and took him into custody at Kogarah Police Station where he is assisting police with inquiries. Members of the public made the grim discovery around 6am on Saturday, near the Forrest Road entrance to Hurstville Station.