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Trump 's warm welcome in Middle East is no surprise

Trump 's warm welcome in Middle East is no surprise

"We just got back from the Middle East," President Donald Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East.

As Trumpisms go, this one is easy to forgive, particularly given how exhausted the president must have been after a weekend of jet-lagged diplomacy, (non-alcoholic) bacchanalia and sword dancing. But it does speak to a larger truth. The president was a stranger in a strange land, a region of ancient conflicts and complex political intrigues.

We have seen the president struggle with the "swamp" in Washington. Well, if Washington is a swamp, then the Middle East is the...

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