On Episode 72 of War Room: Impeachment, Stephen K. Bannon and Raheem Kassam discussed America first foreign policy in the Middle East and how it is influenced by nations like Qatar having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Noting Kassam’s knowledge of the region, Bannon asked him: “What do you think is the [Trump] administration’s policy in the Gulf as related to Qatar, and particularly this unity the Gulf Emirates are trying to do with Israel to counter Iran?”
“It’s getting a bit messy again,” Kassam explained. “Especially with the recent attack in Florida, and I think they can throw a spanner in the works. Broadly speaking, a lot of the America first foreign policy as it pertains to the Middle East is: hey, we don’t want your problems. You have got to deal with your problems, right. We want to be strategic partners with the right people in the Gulf. If you’re funding the Muslim Brotherhood, we don’t want anything to do with you.”
“I mean you’re in Doha,” Bannon said, referencing the Doha Forum in Qatar Lindsey Graham and others are speaking at. “You agree with me that Qatar, no matter how much they want to spin it, is a conduit to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
“It’s not a conduit,” Kassam corrected. “It’s the baby daddy. They are the primary funders of this. Here’s the thing: if you’re doing that in the region, fine. Have your fun with your own country, your own region – whatever you want to do.”
“The problem is, the Muslim Brotherhood reach into Europe and into the United States is way beyond what anybody on the street recognizes. It is one of the most nefarious organizations in the world today. It is organized, and Qatar is at the forefront of it.”
“We should make [it] a priority,” Bannon added,” which I tried to work on and got very little traction on: designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.”