Lawmakers call on Treasury to take tougher stance on Hamas in Qatar

Lawmakers call on Treasury to take tougher stance on Hamas in Qatar
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A group of lawmakers on Monday called on Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinRussia vows 'painful' response to any US sanctions Democrats can campaign on technology for edge in 2020 Overnight Finance: Officials downplay Trump comments on trade, China currency | Fed official defends moves on bank regulation | Russia sanctions snag pits Kudlow against Haley | IRS deals with Tax Day tech trouble MORE to take a tougher stance on the terrorist group Hamas in Qatar.

In a letter addressed to Mnuchin, 19 members of Congress from both parties expressed concern that a joint statement earlier this year from Mnuchin and Qatari officials about cracking down on terrorist financiers did not address Hamas.

“As state sponsors of terror such as Iran renew their financial support for Hamas, it is critical that the United States isolate and counter Hamas by cutting the terrorist organization at its source,” the lawmakers wrote.


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“We must have clear and verifiable steps to crack down on financial support for all terrorist organizations, especially Hamas,” the lawmakers wrote.

Earlier this year, four Middle East nations imposed a blockade against Qatar over allegations of funding terrorism, as well as its relations with Iran.

President Trump previously called Qatar “a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level.”