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Trump: Arab leaders pointed to Qatar for ‘radical ideology’

US President Donald Trump says that leaders of Saudi Arabia and its regional allies had warned him that Qatar was funding “radical ideology” after he demanded they stop financing terrorist groups.

According to Press TV, Trump made the comments on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, and several other countries cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday over allegations that Doha is sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the region.

“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!,” Trump tweeted, appearing to back Saudi Arabia and its allies in the diplomatic crisis.

Qatar vehemently denies the accusations that it supports extremist groups, calling them baseless. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Al Jazeera on Monday that the growing tensions were the result of fabrications in Saudi- and Emirati-controlled media.

The split among the Arab states erupted last month after Trump visited Saudi Arabia where he accused Iran of “destabilizing interventions” in Arab lands.

Saudi Arabia was the first stop on Trump’s first international trip on May 20. No other US president has made the kingdom their first foreign visit.

A promise to receive $110 billion worth of weapons from Trump appears to have emboldened the Saudis to adopt a more hawkish regional diplomacy.

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