U.S. ambassador, Obama holdover, signals disdain for representing U.S. under Trump

U.S. ambassador, Obama holdover, signals disdain for representing U.S. under Trump
Dana Shell Smith (Image: YouTube screen grab via U.S. Embassy Qatar)

The U.S. ambassador to Qatar, an Obama administration holdover whose family donated hundreds of thousands to the Obama campaign, signaled her distaste for working under President Donald Trump, raising questions about her commitment to the new administration.

Dana Shell Smith, the U.S. ambassador for Qatar who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, took to Twitter last week to express her frustration at Trump’s administration, which has been battling negative headlines over a plethora of foreign and domestic issues.

Smith, whose Hollywood executive brother bundled at least $50,000 to $100,000 for Obama during his run for the White House, tweeted that it is “increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.”

Smith’s public expression of frustration with Trump is raising eyebrows both inside and outside of the administration among those who believe that Obama-era holdovers are working to undermine the current president.

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