Trump says Arab leaders complained about Qatar
"We are friends, we've been friends now for a long time, haven't we? Our relationship is extremely good" he said at a meeting.with Qatar's Emir during his visit to Riyadh last month.
United States President Donald Trump has said that Middle Eastern leaders complained about the Gulf state of Qatar when he demanded an end to support for radical ideology that encourages terrorism.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Mr. Trump did not take a position on the decision by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar but appeared to suggest it was understandable. "During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!," Mr.Trump tweeted.
Mr. Trump met with Qatar's Emir during his visit to Saudi Arabia last month.
"We are friends, we've been friends now for a long time, haven't we?" Trump asked at the meeting. "Our relationship is extremely good."
On Monday, Saudi Arabia along with Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar for its alleged support to extremists. All of the countries are friendly with the U.S., putting Mr. Trump in a potentially awkward position.