Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Trump Doctrine: Saudis Lead Crackdown on Qatar Over Terror TiesJ.Stinson
At Lifezette | J.Stinson
While the Trump administration is saying it wants to help resolve the dispute between Qatar and seven Arab nations, the White House may have encouraged Arab allies to take action against Qatar, a small Arab state known for its suspect foreign policy.
The encouragement may have been unknowing.
But Trump’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia, where he visited a new, state-of-the-art anti-extremism command center, might have been inspiring to Arab leaders who want to take on neighbors who support radical groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudis may have also seen an opportunity to make a statement on Iran, viewed by many Sunni Arab allies as the No. 1 threat to the Arabian Peninsula.