The U.S. ambassador to Qatar resigned Tuesday after President Trump's recent comments criticizing the Gulf nation.
CNBC's John Harwood reported that Dana Shell Smith resigned after Trump called Qatar, a key U.S. ally, a longtime "funder of terrorism at a very high level" at a news conference last Friday.
"This month, I end my 3 years as U.S. Ambassador to Qatar," Smith tweeted Tuesday. "It has been the greatest honor of my life and I'll miss this great country."
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
Harwood reported that Trump's denouncement of Qatar undermined the State Department's ability to calm tensions.
“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.
Smith criticized the Trump administration in a tweet last month. “Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions,” she wrote.
Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.— U.S. Ambassador (@USAmbQatar) May 10, 2017
Trump's comments came amid Qatar's diplomatic crisis, with Arab neighbors including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia cutting economic and diplomatic relations with Qatar.
Qatar has hired the lobbying firm run by former Attorney General John Ashcroft to push back against President Trump’s claim that the country provides support to terrorist groups.