NEW YORK – Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire who is one of President Trump’s oldest friends, had spent weeks trying to smooth the way for a May presidential meeting in Saudi Arabia with Gulf leaders.

All initially went well. Trump praised Qatar – where Barrack, who is Arab American, has deep business ties – as a “crucial strategic partner.” Then Trump reversed course a few weeks later and attacked Qatar as “a funder of terrorism at a very high level.”

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Barrack was taken aback that the president was intervening in a regional dispute. So …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Politics

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