Qatar Taps Trump-Connected Ballard for $2.1M Push

Charlene Craig
April 12, 2018

Trump once accused the tiny gas-rich nation of funding terrorism at a "high level".

Amid the ongoing Gulf states' boycott and mounting scandals, the emir of Qatar will be meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House tomorrow.

Trump had initially advocated for an economic blockade on Qatar, but aides eventually convinced him to take a more moderate approach given the strategic importance of the Al Udeid Air Base outside Doha in U.S. Middle East operations.

"We're making sure terrorism funding is stopped in the countries that we are really related to", said Mr. Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

Qatar, which hosts al-Udeid Air Base, home to almost 10,000 American troops, has signed agreements with the United States for sharing information on terrorists and their money supplies.

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At the launch, Sheikh Hamad al-Thani, CEO of Al Dana Company, said: "Qatar Taxi has partnered with one of the world's leading companies in this field, which will be based in Doha, to ensure the security, privacy and secrecy of our users and their data".

President Donald Trump is welcoming the ruling emir of Qatar to the White Home. "We've been cooperating with the United States of America to stop funding terrorism around the region".

He specifically called out Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as other countries where terror financing has been a problem in the past.

He added, "Those countries are stopping the funding of terrorism that includes UAE, it includes Saudi Arabia, it includes Qatar and others". Qatar denies the allegations.

"He's a friend of mine" Trump said effusively.

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The Emir told reporters the region could not tolerate "a war criminal" like Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and he said the region cannot accept people who support terrorism.

Despite the past tensions, there were signs that Trump was warming to the Qataris.

Yet nearly a year later, the crisis has remained deadlocked, despite Qatar's efforts to address at least the USA concerns, even allowing Treasury Department officials into its central bank.

He said the region can not accept people who support terrorism.

Trump praised Qatar's military purchases, saying they buy "a lot of equipment from us, a lot of military airplanes, missiles".

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Qatar has long sought to stress its role as an agreeable USA partner in a strategically vital region.

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