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Trump authorized a $12 billion weapons sale to Qatar days after saying it funded terror


President Trump authorized Qatar's purchase of more than $12 billion of U.S. weapons Wednesday, days after accusing it of sponsoring terrorism.

According to The Hill, the State Department described the deal as strengthening U.S. efforts to enforce security and defense in the region. They added that this sale does not conflict with the current regional dispute and will take years to complete. 

"We are confident that Qatar can address its remaining issues within this timeframe, prior to delivery," said a State Department official. 

Qatar's ambassador to the U.S., Meshal Hamad AlThani, tweeted a photo of the signing. 

Trump denounced Qatar -- a key U.S. ally -- at a news conference June 9 for allegedly funding terrorism. 

“The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level," Trump said. 

On Tuesday, Dana Shell Smith, the U.S. ambassador to Qatar, said on Twitter that she would be leaving her post this month.

Qatar has denied Trump's allegations and hired a U.S. law firm to audit its efforts to stop terrorism funding. 

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