Trump says Arab leaders complained about Qatar

2017-06-06 16:04
(Evan Vucci, AP)

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Washington - President Donald Trump says that Middle Eastern leaders complained about the Gulf state of Qatar when he demanded an end to support for radical ideology that encourages terrorism.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump did not take a position on the decision by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar but appeared to suggest it was understandable.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!," Trump tweeted.

Saudi Arabia, along with Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, on Monday cut ties with Qatar over its alleged support for extremists. All of the countries are friendly with the US, putting Trump in a potentially awkward position.

Trump met Qatar's emir during the president's visit to Saudi Arabia last month.

"We are friends, we've been friends now for a long time, haven't we?" Trump asked at the meeting. "Our relationship is extremely good".

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