Trump eases Qatar critique, offers to mediate Gulf spat

FILE - President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has offered to personally broker a resolution to the Persian Gulf’s escalating diplomatic crisis, as both he and Qatar look past his pointed suggestion only a day earlier that the tiny gas-rich nation enables terrorism.

Trump has told Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, that he wants to help Qatar and its Arab neighbors resolve the row that has upended any sense of Gulf unity, suggesting a possible White House summit among leaders.

Blockaded by its neighbors by land and sea, Qatar is eager for Trump’s help. Qatar’s U.S. ambassador, Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, tells The Associated Press his country has “great confidence in the president’s ability to calm this crisis and to resolve it.”

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

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