Despite Trump's comments, the White House later called on the countries involved to reduce tensions and resolve the crisis "immediately", while the State Department said that the relationship with Qatar was "solid" and that Washington "continues to cooperate" with that country.
The United States is unlikely to play a central role in mediating the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Arab nations.
On June 5, the Qatari Ministry of Defense transmitted a message to the governments of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, saying they would fire on any naval ships from those countries that enter into its waters, a United States official said.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar soon after US President Donald Trump visited the region and joined the Saudi king in singling out Saudi arch-rival Iran as the world's main sponsor of terrorism. The state-run Saudi Press Agency said the move was being taken to protect "national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism", and accused Qatar of supporting ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
What's fueling the crisis and what does it mean for Israel?
Sheikh Sabah left Tuesday night for Saudi Arabia. CENTCOM. The joint military organization covers the Middle East and has its forward command centers for special ops (SOCCENT) and Air Forces (AFCENT) based in Qatar. But it is also a small nation that has for years sought to appease the looming giants surrounding it - the Saudis to the south and west, the Iranians across the Persian Gulf.
Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar would not shut down its Al-Jazeera news network, adding: "If anyone thinks they are going to impose anything on my internal affairs or my internal issues, this is not going to happen". "Qatar had emerged as a premier long-haul destination". More than 1 million Filipinos reside and work in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. "I have never seen it like this", said the civil engineer, who was travelling home to New Delhi. He did not say how the Arab blockade might do that.
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Qatar's leader, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, spoke by telephone overnight with his counterpart in Kuwait and, in order to allow Kuwait to mediate, made a decision to put off a planned speech to the nation, the minister said. In the offshore forwards market, which banks use to hedge against the risk of future moves in the spot rate, the riyal dropped as far as a 550-point premium against the dollar, its lowest level since December 2015.
The Qatari crisis isn't the first time Trump's winks and nods precipitated trouble. Trump spoke to the Saudi king Tuesday, the White House said, delivering a very similar message.
Another big credit rating agency, Moody's, said Thursday that it was leaving its stance on Qatar unchanged for now. But in a tweet early Monday after news of the Saudi squeeze broke, Trump wrote: "During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology".
Five Arab nations just pulled off what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has for years wished the West would do: Exact a painful price on a nation for flirting with Hamas and Iran. Full details of these charter flights are available on Qatar Airways Travel Alert page. Its consistent posture on the boycotts that so aggravate Israel is that they are counterproductive.
Soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said it remained in regular contact with Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup.
In Qatar's favor, S&P highlighted the Gulf state's booming energy industry and its gross domestic product per inhabitant, which is among the highest in the world.
The Pentagon also declined to answer a question about whether Qatar supported terrorism, the accusation made by Arab states who appeared to now have the political backing of the USA president.