In a recent Twitter outburst, President Trump didn’t mince words when it came to fighting Islamic extremism in Qatar, a Middle Eastern country with a long record of funding terrorism. The president sided with Saudi Arabia in its decision to freeze relationships with the country, forgetting that around 11,000 U.S. troops are already stationed in the region.
Trump Lashes Out at Qatar
Sources confirmed to MSNBC that the Commander in Chief may not have been aware of the U.S. presence in the country when he made those statements. Earlier this week, Trump praised Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states’ decision to cut ties with the controversial kingdom.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
He added that his visit is already paying off as the Saudis have decided to “take a hardline” in funding terrorism, and the first on the list is Qatar. The president voiced hope that action against Qatar could mean the “beginning of the end” to international terrorism.
U.S. Base in Qatar Critical for Fight against ISIS
Nevertheless, while Trump was praising Saudi Arabia’s decision, he forgot that the United States has placed one of its largest Middle East base in Qatar. Al Udeid air base is essential for the fight against ISIS in the region, and it now hosts more than 10,000 U.S. soldiers.
MSNBC’s Brian Williams underscored that the U.S. leader nearly set the region on fire with his Twitter remarks without knowing or completely forgetting that there are Americans stationed in the country. Williams added that people familiar with the matter had told the network they “weren’t sure” Trump knew about the troops when he sent out the tweets.
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