Panama City is trying to fire The Donald.
The municipal council in the Central American country’s capital took a vote declaring the billionaire developer persona non grata over comments he reportedly made regarding the Panama Canal..
"We unanimously approved a resolution that declared Donald Trump persona non grata," council member Javier Ortega told Agence France-Presse last week.
Panamanian officials claim Trump was quoted by CNN this week saying that the United States "stupidly" turned over control of the key waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans "in exchange for nothing."
"I think it was a political stupidity on the part of Donald Trump," said Panamanian Commerce and Industry Minister Roberto Henriquez, according to the wire service.
"Somebody who has 400 million dollars invested in Panama should not speak this way."
A Trump adviser referred POLITICO to a story from the Panamanian daily La Prensa, which included the full quote from Trump to CNN: “Panama is doing so well with the Canal, there are many workers, there is so much employment, and [I] think that the U.S. foolishly gave the Canal for nothing."
Control of the canal zone was transferred to Panama in 1999 under terms of a treaty signed during the Carter administration.