Natan Sachs, fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy, explains the intent behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming visit with President Trump, how it may be different from the U.S.-Israel relationship we have seen under past presidencies, and how it may alter U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East in the near future.
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[Nikki Haley] would make speeches that bore little or no relation to Trump’s position.
People are afraid of [Mr. Trump] because he’s got a lot of power but they are also wise to the act because they find him ridiculous...Some of them thought they could flatter him, but during the past few months European and Asian leaders have realized that isn’t enough to get substantial concessions and now they are looking for leverage.
Most presidents would outline a plan to deal with Iran after the nuclear deal, or to transform NATO to cope with the threat from authoritarian states, or to resolve the trade war...But Trump is not one for detail or course correction. In his world, there was a problem, so he did something quickly. And now it’s solved. To say anything else is to suggest the unthinkable — that he is not a magician.