While Trump praises Qatar, education officials seek scrutiny

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in...

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in...

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, July ...

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, July ...

President Donald Trump shakes hands as he welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani upon his arrival at the White House, Tuesday, July 9, ...

President Donald Trump shakes hands as he welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani upon his arrival at the White House, Tuesday, July 9, ...

As President Donald Trump works to strengthen ties with Qatar (KUH'-tur), his Education Department is increasing its scrutiny of the country's funding.

Trump held a public meeting in Washington with the emir of Qatar this week and praised the Persian Gulf state for its investments in the United States.

But the Education Department has recently opened investigations into foreign funding at four universities, focusing on whether they properly reported money from Qatar and other nations.

Officials at the schools say they're cooperating. The schools are Georgetown, Texas A&M, Cornell and Rutgers.

The department hasn't explained its interest in Qatar. Some conservatives say Qatar uses its wealth to push extremist views at U.S. campuses.

Qatar has given more than $1.4 billion to U.S. universities over the past decade.