US ambassador to Qatar quits amid diplomatic spat

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The U.S. ambassador to Qatar announced she is stepping down this month amid tension between the two nations over terrorism funding.

Dana Shell Smith, a President Obama appointee who has held the post since 2014, announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she is resigning.

“It has been the greatest honor of my life and I’ll miss this great country,” she tweeted.

1/2 This month, I end my 3 years as U.S. Ambassador to #Qatar. It has been the greatest honor of my life and I’ll miss this great country.

— Dana Shell Smith (@AmbDana) June 13, 2017

2/2 I will be announcing my personal Twitter account soon. Keep an eye out!

— Dana Shell Smith (@AmbDana) June 13, 2017

Though Smith did not give a reason for her sudden departure, she has been highly critical of President Trump the past few months. She also defended Qatar before the president made critical comments about the country last week.

As several Gulf nations sought to isolate last week Qatar by breaking off diplomatic relations with the country, Shell Smith tweeted an eight-month old memo from the U.S. embassy in Qatar lauding the country for its efforts to counter terrorist financing.

A day later, Trump fired off a series of tweets accusing Qatar of funding terrorism and financing “radical Ideology.”

During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017

Shell Smith was one of the diplomats that the New York Times said was carrying out a quiet revolt against the Trump administration. After Trump fired FBI director James Comey, she tweeted: “Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.”

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

She is a career diplomat who speaks Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Hebrew, according to her State Department bio.

 

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