One of the first things President Trump said just after defeating Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 election, was he wanted be the one to finally broker peace in the Middle East. “That’s the ultimate deal,” Trump said at the time. “As a deal maker, I’d like to do… the deal that can’t be made. And do it for humanity’s sake.”
Trump famously prides himself on being a dealmaker, and believes he’d be able to forge a lasting agreement, even though it would be “tough” and take time. He made history this weekend on his overseas trip, in a couple different ways. No other U.S. President has ever put Israel as a stop on their first foreign tour, and he became the first sitting U.S. President to visit the Western Wall.
He’s taking a very different approach to the process, one that’s being treated with a healthy dose of skepticism. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has helped shape the Trump Doctrine, and it’s based on what’s being called ‘Principled Realism,’ which seeks to forge partnerships on the basis, primarily, of security alliances first.
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