29 Jun '17, 9pm

Try as it may, Trump administration can't avoid Qatar crisis

WASHINGTON — It's the geopolitical crisis the Trump administration just can't quit. Even as the White House declares Qatar's rift with its Arab neighbors "a family issue" they should resolve themselves, top diplomats from the feuding countries are converging on Washington this week, all vying for time with President Donald Trump's secretary of state. A reluctant mediator, Rex Tillerson has been shuttling between meetings with the rival parties, dragged further into the conflict as each side tries to enlist U.S. support. Now in its third week and with no signs of ebbing, the Persian Gulf dispute has emerged as a major trial of President Donald Trump's "America First" doctrine, in which the U.S. is no longer supposed to own problems far from its shores. For Saudi Arabia and others elated by Trump's tough talk about fighting terrorism and opposing Iranian influence, the crisi...

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