Trump ‘may not have known’ Qatar hosts 11,000 US troops when he attacked the nation on Twitter

A shocking new detail about President Trump’s total ignorance of U.S. foreign policy has emerged in the midst of the Qatar crisis he helped create.

On Thursday afternoon, MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin tweeted that an anonymous source told anchor Brian Williams that President Trump was not aware that Qatar was host to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East when he attacked the Gulf Arab nation in a series of tweets earlier this week.

According to Task & Purpose — a news site run by U.S. military veterans — the Al-Udeid Air Base is the headquarters for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees military operations in the Middle East and has 11,000 troops stationed there. Trump’s supposed ignorance of Qatar’s strategic military importance would better explain the series of tweets he posted on Tuesday accusing Qatar of being the chief sponsor of Islamic terrorism:

Around the same time Trump posted his tweets, five Middle Eastern nations — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Yemen — severed all diplomatic ties with Qatar. However, as CNN reported earlier this week, the controversy apparently stemmed from Russian hackers planting fake news on Qatar’s state-run news outlet with fake quotes from its leader questioning President Trump’s legitimacy and appearing friendly to Iran and Israel.

According to The Raw Story, President Trump has apparently been in calls with Qatar’s Emir to convince the critical U.S. ally that America is still on their side.

 

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at tom.v.cahill@gmail.com, or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.