President Donald Trump said he backed a Saudi Arabia-led movement to isolate Qatar over its funding of extremist groups, once again sending conflicting signals about the U.S. stance in a dispute between American allies in the Gulf region.
Qatar has historically “been a funder of terrorism at a very high level” and that has to stop, Trump said Friday at a White House news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. Trump said the nations that imposed the blockade — including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — came to him in the wake of his conference in the region to discuss “confronting Qatar over its behavior.”
“So we had a decision to make: Do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action?” Trump said. “We had to stop the funding of terrorism.”
Trump spoke little more than an hour after Secretary of State Rex …