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US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert tweeted that John Feeley sent a letter of resignation as US ambassador to Panama on December 27. The resignation would be effective as of March 9 and according to Nauert was, "for personal reasons. He did not resign over alleged comments about the visa lottery system". Feeley’s resignation was communicated last Thursday, through a statement issued by the United States Embassy in Panama.
State Department's confirmation comes after the publication of an excerpt of Feeley’s resignation letter, obtained by Reuters: "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".
John Feeley, @USEmbPAN Ambassador, sent a letter of resignation on December 27 informing the administration of his decision to retire for personal reasons as of March 9 of this year. Ambassador Feeley did not resign over alleged comments about the visa lottery system.— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) 12 de enero de 2018