The U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Just Resigned Over Trump’s Blunder

President Trump’s latest foreign policy faux pas has finally pushed the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar to her limit.

Dana Shell Smith, who was the United States’ envoy to perhaps its most critical ally in the Middle East, has officially resigned her post in the wake of Trump’s Twitter tirade against Qatar. CNBC’s John Harwood tweeted that Smith’s resignation was apparently due to the Trump administration disregarding the State Department’s efforts to smooth things over with Qatar.

Last week, President Trump took credit on his official Twitter account for Middle Eastern nations like Saudi Arabia distancing themselves from Qatar, which apparently stemmed from Russian hackers planting fake news on the nation’s state-run news agency. Following the fake news report, which attributed false quotes to the Qatari leader doubting Trump’s legitimacy as president, Trump accused Qatar of being the chief funder of Islamic terrorism in several tweets.

Smith’s resignation is not the first time she’s shown frustration with the Trump administration’s shoot-from-the-hip approach to foreign policy. Prior to Trump’s June 6 tweetstorm, Smith tweeted criticism of Trump’s remarks without mentioning his name, saying she would likely have to explain the United States’ election system to Qatari officials following unfortunate “news from home.”

Qatar is host to the Al-Udeid airbase, which is the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East, housing some 11,000 troops. Al-Udeid is also the headquarters of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees all military operations in the region.

 

Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.