Donald Trump and a handful of Gulf States accused Qatar of “supporting terrorism at a very high level”.
What terrorism? Well they support Hamas and Hezbollah, apparently.
The accusing countries are: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and Bahrain.
All four of those countries also support terrorism.
What terrorism? Well KSA, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain all support: The Taliban, The Al Nusra Front, ISIS and a variety of lovely armed groups in Libya.
Qatar is a tiny gulf dictatorship, only 12% of the people that “live” there are actual Qatari’s. The rest are foreign workers, expats and what have you.
Qatar is also home to the largest US military base in the Middle East.
As the four accusing countries began screaming at Qatar, Donald Trump took to Twitter. Known for his calm and restraint, Donald immediately went ape and added insult to injury.
Turkey and Iran decided to “help” Qatar by exporting goods to the country. Turkey is even sending troops.
And then this.
The US has signed a $12bn deal to supply dozens of F-15 jets to Qatar, despite recent high-profile claims by President Donald Trump alleging Qatar’s “high-level funding” of terrorism. The signing of the deal on Wednesday is the latest twist in the highly contradictory US diplomacy over the crisis around Qatar – now in its second week – with the emirate targeted by a Saudi-led embargo. Hailed by Qatar, the deal underlines the reigning confusion inside the Trump administration as it handles one of its first big foreign policy crises, which was in large part triggered by Trump.
Selling weapons is clearly more important than "terrorism".
Qatar is facing a severe economic and diplomatic boycott by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, who cut ties last week accusing it of funding terrorist groups, a charge Doha denies. As well as severing economic and political ties, the four governments ordered Qataris out within 14 days and called home their own citizens. Bahrain and the UAE have also outlawed any expressions of sympathy for Qatar.
Because "expressions of sympathy" are quite dangerous?
Trump has repeatedly echoed the accusations against Qatar, despite attempts by his defence secretary, James Mattis, and secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to offer a more neutral and nuanced position. He doubled-down on his accusations on Friday, saying: “The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level,” adding “the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding.”
Yes, once the manchild takes to Twitter? There is no stopping him.
Despite Trump’s remarks, Pentagon and state department officials have moved to reassure the emirate, home to the largest US airbase in the Middle East and the command headquarters for US military operations in the region. Tillerson said last week that the rift was hindering the campaign against Islamic State and Mattis on Wednesday signed the previously approved warplane deal with the Qatari defence minister, Khalid al-Attiyah. The Pentagon said the jets sale would increase security cooperation between the US and Qatar. It added Mattis and Attiyah had discussed current operations against Isis and the importance of de-escalating tensions in the Gulf.
It's best to ignore the manchild when he has one of his tantrums.