According to several news reports, the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar resigned on Tuesday over President Trump’s criticism of the Persian Gulf nation.
Ambassador Dana Shell Smith resigned over Trump’s attacks on the US ally, CNBC’s John Harwood reported on Twitter. Harwood cited Trump’s recent comments about Qatar, saying his remarks “undermined” State Department efforts to ease tensions.
US Ambassador to Qatar has resigned days after Trump renewed attacking the country, which undercut State Dept attempt to calm tensions
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) June 13, 2017
Last week, Trump created what many are calling the biggest political crisis to the Middle East in decades after he slammed Qatar saying it funded terrorism.
“I’ve decided, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, our great generals, and military people, the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding,” the president said Friday.
His comments sparked a regional diplomatic crisis, with Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia cutting economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar last week.
Smith criticize the Trump administration in a tweet even before Trump’s comments on Qatar.
“Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions,” Smith wrote.
Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.
— Dana Shell Smith (@AmbDana) May 10, 2017
Qatar has hired a firm run by former Attorney General John Ashcroft as it works to push back against Trump’s claim that it provides support to terrorist groups.