Updated on Wednesday, June 13 at 11:13 a.m. ET
Dana Shell Smith, the U.S. ambassador to Qatar who drew attention last month after posting a tweet that appeared to be critical of the Trump administration, announced Tuesday that her tenure in Doha will end later this month.
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
It’s unclear if Shell Smith, a career foreign-service officer who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to Qatar in 2014, will remain a U.S. diplomat. Her tweet that she “will be announcing my personal Twitter account soon” would suggest not. The U.S. Embassy in Qatar directed an inquiry into Shell Smith’s future plan to the U.S. State Department. The State Department did not respond, but Al Jazeera quoted a State Department spokesperson as saying Dana Smith had decided to leave the Foreign Service earlier this year. “We wish her the best as she moves on from the Department of State,” the spokesperson told the Arabic-language network.
Shell Smith, a fluent Arabic speaker who has previously served in Taiwan, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, came under scrutiny shortly after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last month.
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