Confused about where the Trump administration stands on Qatar? We couldn’t blame you if you were. Not after President Trump’s latest head-fake regarding U.S. relations with the small Persian Gulf nation. You might recall that just last week, the President high-fived several of Qatar’s neighbors for cutting ties with its government.
In praising the action by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, Trump condemned Qatar as a “high level” funder of Middle East terrorists. Considering that Qatar also serves as a key staging area for the U.S. military in the region, Trump’s critical stand might have been seen as a bold or even principled move.
But now comes word from Qatar that it has signed a $12-billion deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States, the country whose president just praised four other countries for cutting ties with Qatar.
Not only that, but in announcing the deal, the Qatari ambassador, Meshal Hamad AlThani, boasted — via Twitter! — that it will create “60,000 new jobs in 42 states across the United States.” (Is he running for a cabinet position? We hear those are available to the highest bidder, yes we’re looking at you, Betsy)
We can only imagine what Tweeting-Deal-Maker-in-Chief instructed Hamad AlThani on how to deliver the news and how to sell it to the American public.
For the full story, here’s the report from nbcnews.com