And in what appears to be a case of coincidental timing, the USA ambassador to Panama has announced his resignation from his position. Marine Corps and the State Department, wrote in a December 27 letter that he can no longer comfortably serve under Trump.
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".
In a statement, the State Department said Feeley chose to retire for "personal reasons".
Local reports in Panama noted his resignation was before Trump allegedly called some African nations a "shithole". The Trump administration recently made a decision to soon end Temporary Protected Status for citizens of countries like Haiti and El Salvador, who came to the U.S.to escape natural disasters. "That time has come", Feeley said.
"My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign", Feeley continued.
"Everyone has a line that they will not cross", Goldstein said.
So widespread was the disinformation, that the State Department issued a statement correcting the record.
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.