Trump accuses Qatar of funding terrorism 'at high level'

Trump accuses Qatar of funding terrorism 'at high level'

Qatar said it led the region in attacking what it called the roots of terrorism, giving young people hope through jobs, educating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and funding community programs to challenge extremist agendas.

The phone call and the change in rhetoric also came after warnings of military escalation. "We ask Qatar and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster".

The Qataris deny accusations that they support Islamist extremists.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level", President Trump said at a White House press conference on Friday before calling on the Gulf emirate to "end that funding".

In a surprise decision announced on Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain effectively sealed the country off, forbidding their citizens from travelling to, residing in or passing through Qatar.

"Stop funding, stop teaching hate and stop the killing", he added.

A senior administration official, speaking after Trump's comments, acknowledged a difference in "tone" with Tillerson. His embrace of Riyadh on a recent trip there seems to have influenced his thinking, and raised questions about the direction of any U.S. mediation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced his support for Qatar, saying that the isolation of the oil-rich country is not in anyone's interest.

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Spicer gave a similar answer on May 9 when asked whether Trump still had confidence in then-FBI Director James Comey . Comey felt pressured by the president to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Qatari planes were banned from using some of their neighbours' airspace. That's even after Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah flew to Qatar to discuss the crisis with officials.

Earlier this week, Trump appeared to tie the blockade to the success of his trip in May to Saudi Arabia and welcomed it as positive news in a series of tweets.

"There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade", Mr Tillerson said in Washington.

On Friday, Tillerson said the blockade has caused shortages of food, the separation of families and other "unintended consequences".

Media captionThe economic disruption could have an impact on Qatar if the dispute drags on. I won't name other countries, but we are not done solving the problem.

The U.S.is carrying out military action in the region in its campaign against ISIS from the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

But UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told Reuters in an interview that addressing financing for terrorist groups was the prime motive.

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