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U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Dana Shell Smith, right, talks with Grace Huang and Matthew, an American couple sentenced to jail over charges they starved their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death, as they meet at a hotel in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The American couple were released from prison in November, but were banned from leaving Qatar during their trial. Their appeal begins on Monday. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

The ambassador to Qatar resigned after Trump called the US ally a 'funder of terrorism'

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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."

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.

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.

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