Trump berates Qatar as Gulf stand-off escalates

Trump berates Qatar as Gulf stand-off escalatesUS President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar’s leadership of bankrolling extremists and demanded a halt to that funding, as a diplomatic stand-off between the Gulf emirate and its neighbors escalated. Trump’s stern warning overshadowed an earlier declaration from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — who had also urged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea “blockade” of Qatar. The neighbors also resent Qatar’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood movement and its sponsorship of the pan-Arab satellite television network Al-Jazeera, which has given opposition figures a platform.

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