Several news organizations have incorrectly reported that John Feeley, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Panama, resigned from his post in the aftermath of President Trump’s reported use of the word “shithole” to describe particular nations.
JUST IN: U.S. Ambassador to Panama has resigned in the wake of President Trump's racially charged comments about Haiti and African nations pic.twitter.com/qh6kX50S4V
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2018
BREAKING: NBC confirms with the State Department that the U.S. Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, has resigned because he no longer feels he can comfortably serve under @realDonaldTrump. Feeley is the first U.S. diplomat to resign over the president's comments.
— Mary Emily O’Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) January 12, 2018
Here’s what MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi had to say:
BREAKING: John Feeley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama, has resigned in protest of Donald Trump’s “Shithole” comments
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) January 12, 2018
And another Tweet from an NPR producer:
— Karyn Miller-Medzon (@KBMM) January 12, 2018
From the Washington Blade’s Michael Lavers:
U.S. Amb. to Panama John Feeley on Friday announced he has resigned. I spoke with him about Latin America's LGBT rights movement in 2014. Feeley's resignation highlights the serious impact President Trump's "shithole countries" comment is having https://t.co/6alGFRjOtD @WashBlade
— Michael K. Lavers (@mklavers81) January 12, 2018
It appears to be very fake news, according to a publication in Panama.
According to Panama’s Dia a Dia news, Feeley announced his resignation Thursday around noon, which was well before news reports came out about the president’s controversial “shithole” comment.
The report said Feeley resigned for undisclosed personal reasons and that he reported his decision in a statement to both the White House and the government in Panama.
Additionally, it’s strange that the media is grouping Panama with Haiti and other impoverished nations referenced by the president. Over the past few years, Panama has been a free country that has experienced a soaring GDP per capita, thanks to deregulation and a business-friendly climate. Panamanians are also reported to be the happiest people in the world.
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