This was President Trump on his meeting with the Emir of Qatar: “We’ve been friends now for a long time, haven’t we? Our relationship is extremely good. [We’ll discuss] the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment, because nobody makes it like the United States. First, that means jobs. It also means, frankly, great security back here.'” The meeting was part of an effort to build a cohesive coalition in the Middle East. Then the Saudis isolated Qatar, and the president tweeted: “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look.” Confused? So is The New Yorker’s Robin Wright: Trump Sabotages His New Middle East Alliance.

+ Further complicating matters in the region (if that’s possible), Iran was hit by a terror attack on Wednesday, and ISIS claimed credit.