U.S. President Donald Trump meets Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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There was much bonhomie as a few dozen people, including members of Congress and U.S. administration officials gathered last week for dinner in an upmarket Washington neighborhood in honor of Qatar's foreign minister.President Donald Trump followed the boycott with tweets suggesting Qatar funded terrorism, even though other U.S. officials emphasized it was an ally.Qatar has managed to persuade certain lawmakers and influential Americans that it is a U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism and victim of an unfair boycott, interviews with advisers on both sides show.Qatar hosts the Middle East headquarters for U.S. air forces.Indeed, since the boycott Iran and Qatar ties have improved.Giuliani declined to give details, telling Reuters that he has not spoken to Trump about his Qatar work.Qatar denies his allegations.Qatar has also reached out to unlikely allies.
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