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Trump again criticizes Qatar as his aides scramble to head off crisis with the U.S. ally

Trump again criticizes Qatar as his aides scramble to head off crisis with the U.S. ally

Even as his top advisors sought to defuse an escalating crisis in the volatile Middle East, President Trump on Friday doubled down on his criticism of Qatar, a key U.S. ally, calling it a longtime “funder of terrorism at a very high level.”

Trump again took credit for what he described as a growing movement to fight Islamist-inspired terrorism in Sunni Arab countries. He did not acknowledge any responsibility, however, for adding to the tensions with criticisms that his aides have been struggling to walk back.

To that end, just an hour before Trump’s comments at a Rose Garden news conference, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia and three other Arab...

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