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 MnuchinMnuchin refuses to testify at hearing on shutdown impacts Trump cancels delegation's trip to Davos amid shutdown On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction 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.”