Gulf crisis: Trump escalates row by accusing Qatar of sponsoring terror

  • Trump says Qatar ‘has been a funder of terrorism at a very high level’
  • Rex Tillerson had earlier urged Saudi Arabia and allies to ease blockade

Donald Trump has accused Qatar of sponsoring terrorism at the highest levels, in an extraordinary escalation of the diplomatic row with one America’s most important military partners in the Middle East.

Speaking in the White House rose garden on Friday, Trump said he had decided “the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding … and its extremist ideology.”

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