Qatar is looking to obtain a large share in the right-leaning news organization Newsmax, according to a report from Politico.
Sources told the publication that Qatari officials met with Newsmax representatives on various occasions this year, and the meetings have reportedly been overseen by the younger brother of Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
The talks reportedly took place as Qatari officials looked to seek friendly relations in the U.S. after President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE backed a blockade of the country by nearby Arab nations last year that accused Qatar of funding terror organizations.
Newsmax is owned by Trump ally Chris Ruddy.
Ruddy has denied the talks, however, telling Politico “this is all false.”
The Hill has reached out to the Qatari Embassy for comment.
Relations between the Trump administration and Qatar appear to have somewhat improved in recent months.
Trump met with Emir Al Thani at the White House last month, saying the two countries are "are working very well together."
"We are working on unity in that part of the Middle East and I think it's working out very well; there are lot of good things happening," Trump said.