The State Department later told reporters Feeley chose to resign back in December.
Feeley cited personal reasons for his departure, State Department spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala said, with no comment regarding his letter. But 320 days have elapsed since the start of the Trump administration and acting officials in the State Department are starting to hit that limit, making presidential nominations more important than ever.
News of Feeley's resignation comes a day after Trump's comments about immigration and developing countries, where Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.
After the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump referred to countries as "s**tholes", MSNBC missed the mark big-time in a piece of news that's been in the works since December 27. Trump later denied using the word. 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".
"Everyone has a line that they don't want to cross and we respect that", Goldstein said.More news: Flores committed to Espanyol
Mr. Feeley is a Career Minister in the Senior Foreign Service and one of the Department's leading Latin America specialists.
She wrote in her resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that she was quitting because the usa had abandoned human rights as a priority, according to Foreign Policy.
Feeley's last day as ambassador is March 9. But Under-secretary of State Steve Goldstein seemed to confirm as much in comments to reporters on Friday.
According to multiple media reports, Mr. Feeley in his resignation letter said that he can not serve under the current US President.