Qatari ambassador responds to Trump in tweetstorm

WASHINGTON — The crisis in the Middle East centered on Qatar took another bizarre turn Friday night as Qatar’s ambassador to the United States, Meshal Hamad Al Thani, unleashed a series of tweets seemingly responding to statements President Donald Trump made earlier in the day.

In a press conference Friday afternoon at the White House, Trump called out Qatar for being “a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level.”

Those statements came just a few hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations to end a blockade on Qatar that began on Monday when several countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their borders to the tiny Arab country.

On Tuesday, Trump seemed to take credit for the blockade.

Qatar is the site of the Al Udeid Air Base which is home to more than 11,000 U.S. military personnel and has been used in launching airstrikes against ISIS targets.

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