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    Trump reverses course in Qatar call

    Ignorance on the part of the president?

    A scant day ago, Trump bashed QATAR, apparently in his zeal to praise himself for something, not realizing they were a military ally of ours, he cheerleaded other middle eastern countries isolating them.

    Now, not so much. Calling something akin to the beer summit, he is inviting all parties to the White House to resolve their issues.

    Perhaps one day, hopefully soon, the president will learn to keep his gob shut when he does not know something.


    Trump reverses course in Qatar call - CNNPolitics.com

    President Donald Trump changed course on Qatar Wednesday, a day after praising a move by other Gulf nations to sever diplomatic relations with Doha, which hosts a US military base crucial to the fight against ISIS.
    In a phone call with the Qatari Emir, Trump extended an olive branch, offering to help the parties resolve their differences by inviting them to a White House meeting if necessary. The outreach came as US officials told CNN they were observing increased Qatari military activity as the country placed its forces on the highest state of alert over fears of an military incursion.


    Trump's new tone echoed that of his secretaries of Defense and State, who emphasized Tuesday the need for Gulf unity and the importance of the US partnership with Qatar, home to the Al Udeid Air Base, the main regional center for air missions against ISIS.















    Trump's phone call Wednesday made for a stark contrast to a series of tweets he sent Tuesday, in which he appeared to throw his weight behind the effort by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, along with Yemen, the Maldives and Libya, to ostracize Qatar.


    Referring to his May trip to the region, Trump tweeted that it was "so good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"
    In a description of the Wednesday call, the White House said Trump "emphasized the importance of all countries in the region working together to prevent the financing of terrorist organizations and stop the promotion of extremist ideology."




    Referring to the regional group that includes Qatar, the President also "reiterated that a united Gulf Cooperation Council and a strong United States-Gulf Cooperation Council partnership are critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability." Trump spoke to the Saudi king Tuesday, the White House said, delivering a very similar message.


    Trump's belated effort to calm the situation comes as the Qatari military has brought up 16 Leopard tanks out of storage in Doha and put the military on its highest alert out of fear that Saudi Arabia and others might attempt a military incursion.


    On June 5, the Qatari Ministry of Defense transmitted a message to the governments of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, saying they would fire on any naval ships from those countries that enter into its waters, a US official said.
    That official and others say the situation in Qatar has not affected US military operations and security in the country.




    The three Sunni Gulf countries -- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE -- along with Egypt accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region because of its ties to their Shiite rival, Iran, and its support for groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.


    Qatar acknowledges its links to these groups, but denies that it supports terrorism.


    The crisis was reportedly sparked by an interview with the Qatari leader that Qatar said was a false news story. CNN is reporting that US investigators believe Russian hackers may have been behind the effort and the FBI has been sent to Qatar to help investigate.
    They have ordered Qatari citizens and diplomats out of their countries, cut all flights to Qatar and are looking for ways to bar international airlines from flying through their airspace to get to Qatar, which is slated to host to 2022 World Cup. The UAE announced Wednesday that "expressing sympathy, inclination or favoritism toward Qatar" is punishable by three to 15 years in prison, alongside a minimum fine of 500,000 dirhams, about $136,000.
    Saudi Arabia has shut the only land border to Qatar, through which the country of 300,000 gets as much as 40% of its food supply, leading to empty shelves in supermarkets and fears that food and water will soon run out.
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    The main thing Saudi hates is Al Jazeera, and it is based in Qatar. They do not want their population hearing anything close to actual news.
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    What a dumb-ass.

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    He done flipped his flop again. Surprise.
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    I guess someone told him that were Qatar to ally itself with Russia, it might be good for Trump but very bad for the US.
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    Has he stopped claiming it was all his idea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    Has he stopped claiming it was all his idea?
    All that shit he said yesterday is already flushed down the Trump Memory Hole(tm)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Think for myself View Post
    Ignorance on the part of the president?

    A scant day ago, Trump bashed QATAR, apparently in his zeal to praise himself for something, not realizing they were a military ally of ours, he cheerleaded other middle eastern countries isolating them.

    Now, not so much. Calling something akin to the beer summit, he is inviting all parties to the White House to resolve their issues.

    Perhaps one day, hopefully soon, the president will learn to keep his gob shut when he does not know something.
    Before he bashed Qatar, he was praising it, calling the Emir a longtime friend of his. Then the Saudis gave him a medal flattering him with their highest honor and ordered a s*itload of weaponry (Trump likes deals and money). He then tossed his friend the Emir and his nation Qatar, under the bus, because he found a friend that may have bid higher and flattered him (Trump) more. Then the intelligent people on government clued Trump in, to the potential disaster dumping Qatar could/would be.....especially for a base of military operations in the region. Trump is not ruled by intelligent thought, he is ruled by his ego and insecurity about people liking him. He'll bite on flattery, gifts and making him rich, every time. If you criticize him or don't flatter him, regardless of whether it is merited, he goes into venegeful attack mode, not thinking, not caring whether there is something MUCH more important and critical than his personal ego/feelies, in this nation's relationship with others.

    He's not just two faced, he's multiple faced. People (including Trump) criticize politicians for telling people what they want to hear. Trump outdoes that, he not only flip flops once, based on the winds of perceived popularity, he has flipped multiple times on a number of things and mainly due to criticism and pressure and trying to look for praise and popularity, motives, that he won't admit to. While he may think no one sees his flip flips, they don't just see them, they see how they can't plan, long term, because of them and if they can't plan and the leader of the nation can't nail down his stance and keeps flip flopping, they see that as instability and eventually, all the hopium about coming tax cuts and pro-business policies and laws, will lose out to feeling insecure about what direction Trump is going in, from one day to the next.

    It is already happening, among some groupings.

    Among Millionaire Investors, Confidence Falls
    "Despite the ongoing bull market, “investor confidence among the jet set took a nosedive last month."
    Among Millionaire Investors, Confidence Falls - Barron's
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