The Gulf Crisis
But Trump’s comments have also thrown a wrench into his country’s foreign policy, since Qatar hosts U.S. military and aircraft. And the true reason for Saudi Arabia’s move appears to be a regional “power play” that was enabled in part by Trump’s visit, Middle East expert H.A. Hellyer said. Qatar is now left with two options, according to Hellyer: Tow the Saudi line and abandon support for the Muslim Brotherhood, or forge a closer alliance with Iran.