While the diplomat noted that he could not agree with the policies, opinions and actions of the strikingly-unpopular U.S. president, the State Department accepted Feeley's resignation with a simple statement acknowledging that the ambassador would "retire for personal reasons". My instructions clearly stated that if I did not believe in my ability to do so, I will have to resign, the time has come for it, "wrote Feely in his letter". "It's one thing for us to go in and slam our hands on the table and say this is what we want ..."
The State Department confirmed the resignation to Reuters, saying it was for "personal reasons".
His resignation was made public hours after Trump's comments on "sh*thole" countries were made public, but a senior State Department official told The Telegraph that Feeley's decision was made before the remarks.
USA officials declined to discuss Feeley's reasons for leaving the department after a long career, much of which was spent working on Latin American issues.
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Trump's alleged comments about African nations being "shitholes" is unlikely to improve the mood among members of the United States diplomatic corps.
Feeley had actually sent his resignation letter at the end of December, wellbefore this latest presidential controversy.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission John Feeley in Mexico speaks during a ceremony at a hangar of the Secretariat of National Defense in Mexico City, Mexico November 8, 2010. "If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve. then he has made the right decision for himself and we respect that". He joined it in 1990, after serving as a Marine helicopter pilot, and has held diplomatic roles throughout the Americas.
Much of Feeley's long career was spent working on Latin American issues.
On Friday morning, Trump denied using the term altogether, even though he has been slammed by not just Democrats that were present in the meeting, but also by some Republicans.