Posted: 4:25 am ET
I never meant for my decision to resign to be a public political statement. Sadly, it became one.
The details of how that happened are less important than the demoralizing take-away: When career public servants take an oath to communicate dissent only in protected channels, Trump administration officials do not protect that promise of privacy.
Leaking is not new in Washington. But leaking a sitting ambassador’s personal resignation letter to the president, as mine was, is something else. This was a painful indication that the current administration has little respect for those who have served the nation apolitically for decades. […] A part of my resignation letter that has not been quoted publicly reads: “I now return home, with no rank or title other than citizen, to continue my American journey.” What this means for me is still evolving.
As the grandson of migrant stock from New York City, an Eagle Scout, a Marine Corps veteran and someone who has spent his diplomatic career in Latin America, I am convinced that the president’s policies regarding migration are not only foolish and delusional but also anti-American.
Read in full below:
Former U.S.Ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley who retired last week as a U.S. diplomat | Why I could no longer serve this president https://t.co/zP7SmvwuGY
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) March 12, 2018
Here are a couple of goodbye videos from Panama:
- U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley Resigns From the Foreign Service Over Trump Policies
- Confirmations: Goldstein, Lawler, Johnson, Gonzales, and Four New Career Ministers
- Senate Confirmations: Ebert-Gray, Hill, Feeley, Rubin, Scott, Chapman, Manes, Taglialatela
- With about 20 days left in session, time is running short for nominees in Senate logjam