President Trump Welcomes Qatari Amir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to the White House…

Earlier today President Donald Trump welcomed Amir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani from Qatar to the White House. Qatar came under considerable scrutiny from President Trump as part of the 2017 mid-east alliance due to their connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, terrorist financing, and regional issues in conflict with Saudi and Egyptian allies.

When President Trump formed the mid-east coalition, & referencing extremist elements, said: “drive them out”, the target audience was Qatar. [Video and Transcript below]

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[Transcript] PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be with the Amir of Qatar — a highly respected man, a real leader in a large part of the world and a very important part of the world. And we’ve known each other a long time. We’ve been friends for a long time.

And we’re doing a lot of work now. They’re investing very heavily in our country. They’re creating a lot of jobs. They’re buying tremendous amounts of military equipment, including planes. And they’re buying commercial planes, as you know — very large numbers of commercial planes from Boeing. And we very much appreciate it.

We’re going to be signing a document today — a very large transaction. You’re going to be invited to the signing. It’s a transaction that will be purchasing a lot of Boeing jets and a lot of money spent in our country, and that means a lot of jobs.

So, we just appreciate everything. We have a great operation — military operation — right now in Qatar. They built one of the great military bases, I would say, anywhere in the world. And it’s just been expanded, with runways and everything else. It’s been really a great honor to work with my friend. Thank you very much for being here.

AMIR AL THANI: Thank you, sir.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you.

AMIR AL THANI: Thank you. Mr. President, I am very happy and honored to be here. And thank you very much for your hospitality. As you mentioned, we enjoy a very great relationship between Qatar and the United States of America.

We’re doing a lot together. As you mentioned, President, we’re signing a few documents today. And our economic partnership has been more than $185 billion, and we’re planning to double this number. We have a lot of investments in the U.S. We trust the economy here. We do a lot in the infrastructure, and we’re planning to do more investments.

Yes, we host at Al Udeid Base, and it’s — we’re working very closely together. You’re invited to come and see Qatar and also to visit the base at any time, Mr. President.

And I really enjoy the personal friendship with you. Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much.

And I will say the base is incredible. It’s — what they’ve done there is absolutely — and a great place to have it, right in the middle of the Middle East. And so it’s — obviously, it’s a very important location.

So thank you all very much. Yes.

Q Mr. President, do you have any reaction to the subpoenas — the new subpoenas of Jared Kushner and other members of your administration?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don’t know anything about it.

Q Mr. President, can I ask you about Iran? How long are you going to wait before you see the Iranian enrich — before you take that action?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re going to see what happens with Iran. Iran is doing a lot of bad things right now and they better be very careful.

Q Mr. President, do you have full confidence in Secretary Acosta right now and in the future?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, you know, I met Secretary Acosta — the first time, I know — when I made the deal to bring him on into the administration. I can tell you that for two and a half years he’s been just an excellent Secretary of Labor. He’s done a fantastic job.

Now, part of it is our economy is so good; our unemployment numbers are at record lows. You know, so many good things are happening.

But the fact is he’s been a very good Secretary of Labor. What happened 12 or 15 years ago with respect to when he was a U.S. Attorney, I think in Miami — is it Miami?

Q Yeah. Southern District of Florida.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: You know, if you go back and look at everybody else’s decisions, whether it’s a U.S. Attorney or an Assistant U.S. Attorney or a judge — you go back 12 or 15 years ago or 20 years ago, and look at their past decisions, I would think you’d probably find that they would wish they’d maybe did it a different way.

I do hear that there were a lot of people involved in that decision, not just him.

I can only say this: From what I know — and what I do know is that he’s been a great — really great Secretary of Labor. The rest of it we’ll have to look at. We’ll have to look at it very carefully. But you’re talking about a long time ago. And again, it was a decision made, I think, not by him but by a lot of people.

So we’re going to look at it very carefully. We’ll be looking at that very carefully. Okay?

Okay. Anything else?

Q Do you still think Jeffrey Epstein is a “terrific guy”?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. I mean, people in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years. I wasn’t a fan.

Q What was all that about?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I was not — yeah, a long time ago. I’d say maybe 15 years. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you. I was not a fan of his.

So I feel very badly, actually, for Secretary Acosta because I’ve known him as being somebody that works so hard and has done such a good job. I feel very badly about that whole situation.

But we’re going to be looking at that and looking at it very closely.

We’re also going to be signing a big contract in a little while, so we’re going to see you in a little while in a different room, in a different part of the White House where we’re going to be signing up a big deal with Boeing. Thank you very much. We’ll see you in a couple of minutes.

END 12:18 P.M. EDT

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42 Responses to President Trump Welcomes Qatari Amir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to the White House…

  1. HBD says:

    Best President ever.

    Liked by 11 people

  2. Bob says:

    Nice to see the Amir isn’t wearing a sheet and tablecloth on his head.

    Liked by 4 people

    • MidwestMom says:

      That really gave me a chuckle…sheet and tablecloth…love it and true!

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    • retiredseabee says:

      Let me translate: Tamim son of Hamad of the Thani family.
      bin = son of
      al = of or of the

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    • OK..Amir.. and you can now freely whisper to ear of VSG/ESG how much you paid to CF and spell out all those secret bank accounts of DS beauties and theirs villas in your kingdom…

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      • yucki says:

        Dear Amir, those Boeing jobs are much appreciated!
        You play this so well. And we do, too.

        J.E.Dyer:
        With tank buy from Turkey, Qatar continues quest to stockpile a whole lot of main battle tanks
        https://libertyunyielding.com/2019/03/13/with-tank-buy-from-turkey-qatar-continues-quest-to-stockpile-a-whole-lot-of-main-battle-tanks/

        FTA:
        If you’re Saudi Arabia, you see Qatar increasingly as a source of vulnerability. All it takes is a few minutes with a map to see why.

        Think like a military strategist. There are a couple of ways, using conventional forces, to put Saudi Arabia at risk with a direct approach from Iran. And the path on which you can achieve the most surprise (i.e., with rapid movement) runs through Qatar.

        If you’re Iran, you don’t want to have to move heavy armor across the Persian Gulf.

        But if Qatar stockpiles the heavy armor, you don’t have to.

        This consideration no doubt had priority in Riyadh’s plan, reported at various times in 2018, to make the marshy border between Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a canal. It was amusing last year to watch commentators frame this as an act of frivolous pique by the Saudis. When you factor in Qatar’s friendliness with Iran and the 180-tank arms agreement with Germany, you can see exactly why the Saudis want that border to be made of water.

        Qatar buying 100 more tanks from Turkey would indicate this overall situation isn’t going in a positive direction. At a minimum, Qatar is positioning herself to be indispensable to the plans of whichever regional actor becomes the big dog. Qatar has unparalleled real estate; becoming a pre-stocked military depot, available to the highest bidder, is a matter of making smart investments.…

        Meanwhile, I recommend keeping in mind one of Dyer’s Axioms, developed during my years as a military intelligence professional: “Nobody buys a new army just for the heck of it.”

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    • Peter Rabbit says:

      First time I have ever seen the Emir (not Amir) in Western clothing since he was elevated by his father in 2013 in only mid 30s. Believe he has only 1 wife, like MBS. Times are a changin’ in the most conservative ME countries. Huge clothing statement by him in looking to curry favor with POTUS, media and Wash pols.

      Qataris are very cozy with Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. Royal Family owns Al Jazeera. Also very cozy with liberal Brookings Institute, fully funding Brookings Doha office.

      Emir’s mother is perhaps most influential woman in Middle East, behind his early succession to his father. She aggressive pursues economic diversification for Qatar.
      Qatar, very smart move.

      Qatar cannot defend itself and could be annexed anytime by giant Saudi neighbors with 6 guys in a pick up truck.

      Would be surprised if Qatar pays us anything meaningful for our huge airbase there to protect them.

      One of richest countries per capita in the world with lazy, pampered Qatar citizenry. All businesses are effectively run and managed by huge population of non-Qataris. Titular heads are all Qatari.

      Not as strict as SA, but a far cry from Dubai.

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    • And giving 👍🏻 with PDJT.

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  3. cheryl says:

    I was exhausted after reading that dude’s long name

    Liked by 2 people

  4. RE Joint Statement after Meeting:

    We discussed our extensive and increasing economic partnership, including these mutually beneficial transactions:

    • The Qatar Airways purchase of five Boeing 777 Freighters.

    • The Qatar Airways commitment to purchase large-cabin aircraft from Gulfstream.

    • The Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company LLC and Qatar Petroleum agreement to pursue the development, construction, and operation of a petrochemicals complex in Qatar.

    • The Qatar Ministry of Defense’s commitment to acquire Raytheon’s NASAM and Patriot Systems.

    • The selection by Qatar Airways of GE jet engines and services to power its 787 and 777 Aircraft.

    Liked by 13 people

  5. Sammy says:

    The left is so tedious, these cases from 2002 to 2005, The Obama DOJ didn’t try go after Epstein, Preet that big mouth who ran SDNY for 7 years never looked at his case even though the rumor and talk stated to get more strident about Epstein getting off, even had one of the girls go to the FBI in Australia in 2011.

    The agreement said that he could not be tried in Florida again. It takes Trump’s DOJ to indict him .. These democrats and leftist are dreaming of they think Hillary’s DOJ would gone after him.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Marygrace Powers says:

    Qatar doubling $85 to $170 BILLION with USA/
    Economic KA-CHINGING CONTINUES/ ❤️🇺🇸

    Liked by 6 people

  7. sunnyflower5 says:

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  8. jackphatz says:

    Drats! Now the Clinton’s won’t be able to move into that harem…house in Qatar now.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Cocoon says:

    The irony here, with the media asking domestic questions while a leader from another country partnering well with US under Trump is ignored, is incredible.
    Tomorrow, they will get back to reporting Trump is only about US and Making America Great Again and Trump can’t get along with foreign countries.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. 1IreneFlick3 says:

    The leftist press never misses an opportunity to try to embarrass the president in front of an international audience.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      That is why the MSM is considered to be on the lower end of the intelligence level.

      If they had any semblance of intellect, they would have asked;

      So how are those individuals traded for Bergdal and sent to Qatar doing?

      The ones who where supposed to be sent there and “monitored “ to never leave the country to start terror again?

      Didn’t Obama actually buy a house there?

      But our President, gets an $85 Billon dollar promise for American workers.

      And much of it for Boeing…..Boeing workers should be kissing the ground he walks on

      MSM …..They are irrelevant…..Useless trying to argue with a pig.

      Liked by 2 people

      • yucki says:

        Qatar – pronounced “gutter” – which sounds about right.

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      • litlbit2 says:

        “They are irrelevant” Amen. To think these MSM nut jobs have been in charge of the indoctrination for years as news? Now they have exposed their stupidity 24/7 does anyone believe anything that comes out of their pie hole?

        Very sick mentally incompetent people that the world sees in these photo opts confirming they are not normal, a small group of misfits on the Soros payroll. The dying bunch.

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      • GSparrow says:

        Gunny: Great post.
        “Useless trying to argue with a pig” whether it’s wearing lipstick or not.

        The dismissive way the MSM ignores P Trump’s successes might be more sickening that their malicious attacks.

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Petrel says:

    Quite apart from welcome aircraft purchases and such, Amir al Thani knows the Iranian leadership — more than well — especially the growing strength of anti-American factions within the government, for whom our treaty withdrawal has turned into a political bonanza.

    What are the odds our super intelligent President will be using the visit to gather a briefing on Iranian infighting, not available to him through the pro Saudi, State Department?

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  12. GB Bari says:

    I often wonder why the President doesn’t ask for questions only concerning the foreign country or U.S relationship with that country that is represented by whomever is sitting with the President at that time. Have the Press Secretary specify that rule to the press ahead of time and threaten anyone who violates that with loss of access.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Rhoda R says:

      Better, threaten to restrict press access to one ‘journalist’ (chosen at random from the press corps) one camera person (ditto) if they don’t start acting like adults.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. thomas says:

    qatar is just another evil regime that will stop when ☪️ stops..!
    https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/qatar

    Liked by 1 person

    • yucki says:

      It’s a poisonous spider that would be easy to squash.
      The only plus is that they pay SOME of our enemies to kill SOME of our OTHER enemies.

      Maybe it was Kissenger who said, “It’s a shame they can’t both lose.”

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  14. Robert Smith says:

    “We trust the economy here..”

    🙂

    I think most of the world agrees with you.

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  15. bakocarl says:

    Since Qatar is buying billions of dollars of jets from us, so we don’t have a lopsided trade balance with Qatar, what are we buying for billions of dollars from them?

    Sorry if I missed it above.

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    • bakocarl says:

      Could Qatar’s investments in the U.S. do it? In effect, they’re buying jobs?

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      • yucki says:

        They’re buying US.
        Or they think they are. That’s just what they do.
        With PTrump-2020, I’m comfortable indulging their fantasies for a while.

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  16. yucki says:

    The Three Faces of Al Jazeera: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Americanism and Exploitation

    …As a mouthpiece for Qatari Islamist ideals, Al Jazeera’s strength lies it in the adaptability of its sensationalism; each branch displays a unique approach to distorting news, disseminating propaganda, and boosting anti-Semitic and anti-American feeling. While Al Jazeera Arabic appeals to the Islamist hard Right in the Muslim world, Al Jazeera English encourages reasonable Center-Left viewers in the West to adopt anti-Semitic and anti-American ideas, while AJ+ is firmly focused on giving momentum to extremist views regarding Jews and America within the growing, influential, far-Left movement in the United States. Qatar is pitching anti-Semitism and hatred for America across the political gamut.

    Twenty-two years after its establishment, Al Jazeera has penetrated media and online information markets around the globe. With bureaus across the globe, broadcasts in several languages, multiple well-maintained, widely-followed and polished social media accounts and websites, investigative documentary film series, and even podcasts, Al Jazeera—and through it, the Qatari regime—has become a propaganda force with which to be reckoned.

    https://www.meforum.org/57696/the-three-faces-of-al-jazeera

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  17. azgulch says:

    I worked on the soil maps of Qatar in 1977. A very sandy place. That’s it, no pearls of wisdom.

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    • azgulch says:

      But talking about pearls, Lavan island north of Qatar where Iran has a huge oil storage facility has an abundance of pearls. I spent two weeks there once, what nice people. Most did dive for pearls and had short lives. Great beaches, clear water to 50 ft. To bad Iran does not exploit those assets. It was kind of hot, like 120 F.

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