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Trump Offers Up Tillerson to Mediate Solution to Qatar Crisis

  • Former Exxon CEO has extensive knowledge of Gulf states
  • Administration prefers nations to work out dispute themselves

President Donald Trump has offered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to mediate the standoff between Qatar and the Saudi-led coalition that has severed ties with the tiny country over support for extremist groups.

Tillerson, who dealt with Qatari leaders for years as chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., is skilled at bringing people together and is ready to help if needed, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday. She added that Trump would rather that all sides work out the dispute among themselves.