The United States approved a deal to sell Qatar $300 million in guided missiles on the eve of President Donald Trump's White House meeting with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. "He's a great gentleman". When the dispute started 10 months in the past, Trump sided with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and neighbors who accused Qatar of spreading extremism, fomenting regional unrest and permitting funds to move to terror teams.
America's allies within the Persian Gulf are feuding with Qatar.
The pair also "discussed obstacles to restoring unity in the Gulf Cooperation Council", the statement added, a clear reference to the diplomatic feud between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. That put him at odds with Rex W. Tillerson, then his secretary of state, who sympathized with Qatar as it endured the Saudi-led boycott.
"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology".
"We're making sure terrorism funding is stopped in the countries that we are really related to", said Mr. Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump is internet hosting the ruling emir of Qatar, the tiny gas-rich nation he as soon as accused of funding terrorism.
"He's been very helpful, he's been supporting us during this blockade and I would also like to thank the American people for being very supportive". "A lot of countries were funding terrorism and we're stopping it".
Trump went on to note Qatar's purchases of U.S. weaponry, saying they buy "a lot of equipment from us, a lot of military airplanes, missiles". The Qatari emir held talks with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday.
"Our economic partnership is more than $125 billion and our aim and goal is to double it in the coming years", he said.
The whirlwind PR tour of the USA by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has put a bright spotlight on the Kingdom's spat with Qatar.