MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 13: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare after arriving at General Mitchell International Airport on June 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After the brief remarks Trump greeted guests on the tarmac before departing the airport for a tour and roundtable discussion at Waukesha County Technical College. Trump is also scheduled to attend a fundraiser with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker while in Milwaukee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — While President Trump berates Qatar for sponsoring terrorism at the highest levels, he is simultaneously authorizing the country to purchase over $21 billion of U.S. weapons. 
One part of the deal was inked on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., when Qatar’s Defense Minister met with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis.
“We are pleased to announce today the signing of the letter of offer and acceptance for the purchase of the F-15QA fighter jets, with an initial cost of $12 billion dollars,” read the Qatari Defense Minister’s statement on Wednesday afternoon. “We believe that this agreement will propel Qatar’s ability to provide for its own security while also reducing the burden placed upon the United States military in conducting operations against violent extremism.”
The State Department describes this sale as fermenting U.S. efforts to “strengthen the security and defense architecture of the region.” They point out that it does not directly conflict with …
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