April 12, 2018 | The Washington Free Beacon

Trump Admin Pressured to Scold Qatar In Upcoming Oval Office Powwow

Trump administration allies and national security insiders have been voicing concerns about an upcoming meeting between President Trump and the Emir of Qatar, a chief terror financier in the region that has been clouded in controversy following disclosures it funded a spy operation on U.S. citizens and hacked the email of an administration ally, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

Richard Goldberg, a former senior congressional official and current adviser to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Free Beacon that Trump must have a frank conversation with the Qatari emir or risk further inflaming regional tensions.

“In addition to demanding further progress on terror finance prevention and curbing Al Jazeera incitement, President Trump needs to lay down the law on Iran,” Goldberg said. “If the president is going to exit the JCPOA [Iranian nuclear deal] and bring back America's toughest sanctions, Qatar needs to choose a side—and it better not be Iran's.”

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