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Qatar crisis: Trump backs Arab nations, hopes this will be ‘beginning of end of terrorism’

Donald Trump said his trip to the Middle East was “already paying off” as regional leaders followed through on their promise to take a hardline on funding militant groups.

world Updated: Jun 06, 2017 22:04 IST
US President Donald Trump speaking during the Arab Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Centre in Riyadh.
US President Donald Trump speaking during the Arab Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Centre in Riyadh.(AFP File Photo)

US President Donald Trump waded into a rapidly-escalating Gulf crisis Tuesday, suggesting ally Qatar -- home to the largest US military base in the Middle East -- is funding extremism as he tacitly backed a diplomatic blockade of the emirate.

Trump said his trip to the Middle East was “already paying off” as regional leaders followed through on their promise to take a hardline on funding militant groups.

“So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. 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 in a series of Twitter posts.

Trump last month visited Saudi Arabia during which he addressed the leaders of 50 Muslim countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Members of the Gulf Cooperation Countries signed a memorandum of understanding with the US to make it illegal in their countries for raising funds for terrorist and extremist organisations.

Trump also slammed the mainstream American media.

“Sorry folks, but if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH,” he said in yet another tweet.

“The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out,” he wrote.

A day earlier, the White House had said that Trump is committed to have conversations with all of the people involved in that process, with all of those countries.

“We want to continue to de-escalate that. And at this point, we’re continuing to work with each of those partners,” the White House Principal deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters