NBC: Trump Calls on Qatar to Cease Funding Terror
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar of being a "funder of terrorism at a very high level," issuing a warning that the country must "do more" to combat terror.
Just an hour earlier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other Gulf nations to ease the blockade on Qatar, though Tillerson also pressed Qatar to "do more" to fight terrorism.
"The emir of Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorist elements from his country," Tillerson said. "But he must do more and he must do more quickly."
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WNU Editor: The US State Department and the Pentagon are trying to push a different path on Qatar .... a search for reconciliation and easing of tensions because they know the consequences on what may happen if this blows-up. But the problem with this approach is that Qatar .... and other Gulf states .... have been turning a blind eye when it comes to terror financing for years .... and something has to be done. Is Qatar being signalled out while the worst practitioner of this type of financing is not (Saudi Arabia) .... definitely. But this is the first time that real hard action is being imposed on a state that does this sort of thing .... and President Trump is right to tell Qatar to stop. Are these mixed messages coming from the U.S. government a bad thing .... definitely. But considering how fast this crisis has evolved in the past week .... not surprising. Here is an easy prediction .... the Pentagon and the State Department are going to fall-in line with the White House's position when it comes to Qatar.
More News On President Trump Telling Qatar To Stop Funding Terrorism
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Gulf crisis: Trump escalates row by accusing Qatar of sponsoring terror -- The Guardian
Trump again criticizes Qatar as his aides scramble to head off crisis with the U.S. ally -- L.A. Times
Trump blasts Qatar hours after Tillerson urges end to blockade -- The Hill
Trump seems to undercut Tillerson’s remarks on Qatar -- Washington Post
Tillerson pushes for reconciliation as Trump slams Qatar on funding terror -- USA Today
Team Trump just can’t get its story straight on Qatar -- VICE News