US military in Mideast hindered by Saudis' rift with Qatar: Tillerson

He said blockade of Qatar interferes with U.S. military, humanitarian efforts.

But the secretary of state also called on Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar, which he said is causing “unintended” humanitarian consequences such as forcibly separating families and creating food shortages.

"For Qatar, we want you back among the unity of responsible nations," Trump said. "We ask Qatar and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster."

A senior administration official downplayed any divergence between Trump and Tillerson's remarks in the aftermath, characterizing any perceived difference in their stance on Qatar as a "misperception." The official said that Trump supports easing the blockade for humanitarian reasons and would like to build a productive relationship with the emir of Qatar.

Tillerson’s earlier statement that the "blockade" of Qatar is hurting U.S. economic and military efforts in the region contradicts Pentagon officials’ insistence earlier in the week that there has been no impact on U.S. operations in Qatar, or the fight against ISIS.

“There has been no impact on our operations either in Qatar or with regards to airspace permission around it and we don’t anticipate there will be,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said on Tuesday.

In Tillerson's speech, he said that although the emir has made progress halting financial support for terrorist elements and expelling them from the country, “he must do more and he must do it more quickly.”

Tillerson said that after speaking with Gulf leaders it is clear “that the elements of a solution are available” and that the U.S. expects “that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other.”

Qatar has disputed the claim that it funds terrorists, with its Ministry of Foreign Affairs saying in English on its website that they are "unfounded allegations" and that the actions taken against it by its neighboring nations are "not justified."

ABC News' Jordyn Phelps and Adam Kelsey contributed to this report.