Donald Trump Pitched 'Beautiful' Weapons to Qatar, Then Suggested Country Supports 'Radical Ideology'

President Donald Trump waded into a diplomatic crisis in the Middle East Tuesday morning, seemingly tweeting his support for the nations that have shut down relations with Qatar amid accusations that the state has supported extremism in the region. 

As is often his practice, Trump dipped his toe into a complex situation with a tweet

"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!" the president tweeted.

Hours later, he jumped back into the subject on Twitter. "So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" he posted in a series of tweets. 

But during that trip toward the end of May, Trump met with tbe leader of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and during a filmed handshake he pitched the leader the idea of buying "beautiful" U.S.-made military equipment.

"We have some wonderful meetings going on over the last two days," Trump said to reporters before turning toward Sheikh Tamim. "We are friends. We've been now for a long time indirectly, haven't we? And our relationship is extremely good. We have some very serious discussions right now going on. And one of the things that we will discuss is the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment because nobody makes it like the United States. And for us that means jobs and, frankly, great security back here, which we want." 

Qatar has been cut off from neighbors including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain after Saudi Arabia claimed the country has embraced Islamist groups aiming to destabilize the region, such as the Muslim Brotherhood. A Saudi-led Arab coalition also accused the country of supporting the so-called Islamic State group (ISIS). Qatar has denied it supports any extremist group.

Qatar, an oil-rich but tiny nation, shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia, and the diplomatic situation has led people to flood supermarkets in anticipation of food shortages as the nation is cut out of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an economic alliance of Middle Eastern nations. Qatar has suggested talks to resolve the situation, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had offered the U.S.'s assistance with that process. 

"We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences, and we—if there's any role that we can play in terms of helping them address those, we think it is important that the GCC remain unified," Tillerson said Monday, before the president's Tuesday morning tweetstorm.