US ambassador to Qatar resigns: report
The U.S. ambassador to Qatar reportedly resigned on Tuesday over President Trump’s criticism of the Persian Gulf nation.
CNBC’s John Harwood reported that Ambassador Dana Shell Smith resigned over Trump’s attacks. Harwood cited Trump’s recent comments about Qatar, saying they undermined State Department efforts to ease tensions.
Smith previously appeared to criticize the Trump administration in a tweet that came 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 tweeted last month.
The career diplomat was appointed to her post by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2014.
Trump slammed Qatar, last week, saying it funded terrorism. His comments came amid the region’s own diplomatic crisis, with Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia cutting economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar last week.
“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.
Qatar has hired the lobbying 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.