The reports of the resignation comes just hours after the U.S. ambassador to Botswana was summoned as disparaging remarks Trump is alleged to have made about Africa and Haiti which sparked worldwide furor.
John Feeley, a career diplomat who used to be a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps, communicated his resignation to the State Department on December 27, indicating he felt he could no longer serve, according to Reuters.
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". "That time has come", Feeley said in his resignation letter, according to Reuters. He is the first U.S. Ambassador to resign because of the president. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign.
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Feeley's resignation from the State Department is another indication of Trump's chaotic state department, led by Rex Tillerson, who refused to deny calling Trump a "f**king moron". "If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve ... then he has made the right decision for himself and we respect that".
He said his understanding was that the ambassador had resigned for "personal reasons". Top U.S. officials in Haiti and Botswana have been summoned to explain the president's remarks.