‘I’ll spend today explaining our democracy’: US ambassador tweets exasperation at Trump
Smith, who has been based in Qatar since 2014, took to Twitter early Wednesday to voice her feelings following the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
“Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions,” Smith tweeted.
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
Smith, an Obama-appointee, appeared embarrassed to be representing the US to its Emirate ally.
While some agreed with Smith’s sentiment, others said she should deal with it, or quit. Many also took the opportunity to criticize Qatar.
@AmbDana Tell them America is an oligarchy run by oil barons and inherited wealth above a disenfranchised minority underclass. They'll understand.— Big FBI Jeb Lund (@Mobute) May 11, 2017
Um, Rod Rosenstein is probably working on a memo to terminate Dana Shell Smith for "atrocities." https://t.co/2hecs4EX8p— Hinterland Gazette (@hinterlandg) May 11, 2017
@AmbDana More difficult than when you ask the Qatari's to explain their wage gap & why there are no women in high level government positions?— NancyBellicec (@Nancy_Bellicec) May 11, 2017
“Diplomats explain & defend our political system,” Smith tweeted again early Thursday. “Can be tough when partisan acrimony so high, but there is still no greater country.” Smith completed her tweet with a “#USA” and an American flag emoji.
Diplomats explain & defend our political system.Can be tough when partisan acrimony so high, but there is still no greater country. #USA 🇺🇸— Dana Shell Smith (@AmbDana) May 11, 2017
@thehill More like: US Ambassador to Qatar openly exasperated at having the job every day of explaining, defending, representing US in utter chaos.— Nick Walden Poublon (@NWPinPDX) May 11, 2017
Oh, we're so sorry to hear that you're embarrassed about America, ambassador. Feel free to resign & fly home. Does Southwest fly from Qatar? https://t.co/y7334ndEme— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) May 11, 2017