Donald Trump on Friday escalated the growing rift with Qatar, calling out the country as a sponsor of terrorism after seven Middle Eastern countries severed ties with Doha.
That statement came mere hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged “there be no further escalation by parties in the region.”
News that Trump appeared to contradict his own secretary of state stunned the Internet on Friday with users expressing disbelief over the president’s words.
Trump is currently slamming Qatar.
Just an hour ago, Tillerson called on Arab countries to ease blockade on Qatar. pic.twitter.com/DMRtSoQ1P8
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 9, 2017
Cannot understate the insanity of Tillerson calling for the end of Qatar blockade followed by this statement by Trump right now.
— Paul Blumenthal (@PaulBlu) June 9, 2017
Trump just undercut Tillerson efforts to mediate Qatar dispute
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) June 9, 2017
Someone just hold up a world map and ask Trump where Qatar is, please.
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) June 9, 2017
Qatar should really have had a big elaborate reception for Trump when he was in the region.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) June 9, 2017
Rex Tillerson after Trump contradicts him on Qatar an hour later after he's scrambled to head off diplomatic crisis pic.twitter.com/jpLXEI7fWi
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) June 9, 2017
It looks like Trump and Tillerson have two different Qatar policies.
— M. Bilal Kenasari (@MBilalKenasari) June 9, 2017
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) June 9, 2017
A Twitter play in four acts. Surprise ending! pic.twitter.com/aYrH1mAb8f
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 9, 2017
Trump last week to Qatar: No friend, supporting terror
Tillerson earlier today: Military ally against terror.
Trump today: Nope.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) June 9, 2017
Trump White House: Qatar is bad
Also Trump White House: Stop saying Qatar is bad
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) June 9, 2017