When Trump met with Saudi Arabia, he gave the Saudis, through a diplomatic initiative, implied permission to isolate Qatar. However, the US Central Command’s enormous Al-Udeid Air Base is in Qatar—in the capital city of Doha.
So why would Trump help start a fight between of our Gulf State allies when there are American soldiers in one of those countries? According to sources, it’s ignorance:
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 8, 2017
There is over 11,000 US personnel at Al-Udeid. According to Carl Bildt, the European Council Co-Chair of Foreign Relations:
Al Udeid base in Qatar has 11.000 US personnel. Major command, intelligence and strike hub. Not small. Good to know. pic.twitter.com/7NGEChKq8s
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) June 8, 2017
There are also 15,000 American civilians working and living in Qatar today. In fact, Qatar has a University City with several American colleges including Georgetown University, Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Trump is making it increasingly more dangerous for these citizens and military personnel to live in Qatar. Earlier in the week, he tweeted:
During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
Trump looks like he wants to make Qatar an enemy, not even realizing that they are hosting almost 30,000 Americans. Trump’s ignorance to this fact puts Americans lives in jeopardy.