Tr(i)ump(h) in Saudi Arabia?

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Feature Article by Ivan Eland
As President Trump escaped a Washington shocked by his efforts to nix an FBI investigation into his campaign's alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election, he landed in a Middle East in which endemic tension and conflict are far worse. It became obvious during his stops there that the president wants the United States to align even more with Israel and the Arab Sunni states against Shia Iran.

This development will please those nations, who worried about greater U.S. rapprochement with the Iran, based on that country's signing a deal with the world's great powers, including the United States, suspending its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Israel and the Arab Sunni states had rocky relations with the Obama administration, because it had led the international drive toward the nuclear deal, which to their chagrin even the Trump administration acknowledges Iran is honoring.

The United States also has technically honored th
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