Only a day earlier, Trump's secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, had adopted the opposite approach
In this May 21, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, (R), holds a bilateral meeting with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. photo: AP/Evan Vucci, File, photo: AP/Evan Vucci, File
06 of June 2017 12:37:11
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries Tuesday in a deepening diplomatic crisis with Qatar, appearing to endorse the accusation that the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation is funding terrorist groups.Trump, in a series of early-morning tweets, sought to cast the rift between Qatar and its neighbors as a victory for his trip last month to Saudi Arabia, where he met with leaders from dozens of Arab and Muslim nations, including Qatar's emir. Trump said he'd stated during his trip that funding of "Radical Ideology" can't be tolerated, and added, "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!"https://youtu.be/LWHXHx4KbxQ"They said they would take a hard line on funding ... extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" Trump said, arguing that his visit to Saudi Arabia was "already paying off." Qatar denies supporting extremism.The president's sharp critique of Qatar, which is home to a major U.S. military base, inserted Washington directly into the crisis that has pitted the tiny country against Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Those countries announced Monday they were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, a move that ricocheted across the region as airlines suspended flights, ports closed to Qatari ships and anxious residents started stockpiling food.