Trump appears to take credit for Gulf nations' move against Qatar

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have now drawn the line and appear determined to subdue Qatar, he added.

Qatar and the other Arab states fell out over Doha's alleged support for Islamist militants and Shi'ite Iran. The official is pointing to offers that Kuwait and Turkey have made to mediate.

Kahwaji explained that the "grey zone" means that Qatar remains a strong and active member of the Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a USA -led Alliance fighting terrorism, while at the same time advocating policies and positions that contradicted their agendas.

The shock decision by the Arab world's strongest powers to isolate Qatar will complicate China's efforts to reach a free-trade deal with the region, analysts said.

Qatar Airways, one of the region's major long-haul carriers that routinely flies through Saudi airspace, did not respond to a request for comment.

Qatar has dismissed the Saudi charges as baseless, and said the Saudis are seeking to dominate the region.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, says the USA continues to be grateful to the Qataris for their longstanding support of the American presence and enduring commitment to regional security. In previous years, "Qatar managed to get away with its policies under the former U.S. Administration of Barrack Obama which had adopted a policy of appeasement with Iran leading to the signing of the Vienna nuclear agreement", the expert said.

And speaking of growing tensions, much of Washington DC is already abuzz about the forthcoming testimony on Thursday from ex-FBI Director James Comey in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the investigation of Russia's interference in the USA general election last November, as well as the President's involvement in attempting to shut down the FBI's investigation into the matter. Al-Udeid Air Base is home to U.S. Air Force Central Command and is where American officers speak regularly by phone with Russian counterparts to ensure safe flights over Syria.

Any licenses granted to Qatar Airways employees would also be withdrawn, the statement said. We have some very serious discussions right now going on.

He avoided criticizing the president Tuesday while stressing the need for cooperation in the Middle East.

Analysts say his intervention calls into question the role of the United States as an impartial arbiter in the region.

He later tweeted: "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" He did not say how the Arab blockade might do that.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off". Qatar denies supporting extremism.

In an earlier interview with Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Kuwait's ruler had asked Qatar's emir to hold off on giving a speech about the crisis late Monday night.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" the president tweeted.

The comments which came to the open after the hack has set Qatar against the Gulf's Arab countries, forcing Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt to cut ties with the oil rich country. All of the countries are friendly with the USA, putting Trump in a potentially awkward position.

  • Zachary Reyes