North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum noted Friday that the United States is not getting enough from its partnership with Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally in the Middle East.
“Just because we have open lines of communication with someone, and just because they say they are the Switzerland of the Middle East, does not mean they are our allies,” Burgum said during his appearance on Friday’s episode of “The Neil Cavuto Show.” “Coast to coast.”
“When you look at the actual record and say, look, in the last decade, they’ve paid over $1.5 billion to Gaza to support Hamas… they’re housing Hamas leaders, and where they’re housing them.” “It is only 20 miles from our largest air base in the Middle East,” he said.
“Of course, they were supporting Iran as well,” he added, before he began attacking the Biden administration for not refreezing funds transferred to Qatar for Iran. White House officials have repeatedly stressed that these funds will not end up in Iran’s hands and will only go toward humanitarian aid through approved third-party vendors.
When asked if he would work with Qatar to help rescue hundreds of hostages still held by Hamas, Burgum said the United States must negotiate “from a place of strength” because Qatar is somewhat dependent on the United States.
He added: “We must say: Qatar, your airlines – you want to fly to the United States, you want to have full diplomatic relations, you want to have a full economic relationship with us, then we need to see something more than two Americans.” “Get out of this,” he said.
“The communication has to be: Hey, we need to see the release of the Americans, otherwise things will change in our relationship,” he said.
Cavuto responded to the governor’s assertions by warning that the United States has had “some kind of nefarious and questionable relationship with Qatar for many administrations.”
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