Trump’S Gift To Putin Within The Mideast

So while the war in Syria has provided Mr. Putin with a Middle Eastern foothold, his interests are not limited to Syria.
The most egregious mistake, of course, occurred when Mr. Trump scolded and helped isolate Qatar to curry favor with Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s rival in the region.
That will not be achieved by escalating the conflict in Syria and backing Saudi Arabia against Qatar.
Now he faces the difficult task of preventing Mr. Putin from weaning Turkey away from its allies in NATO, as Russia expands its influence in the Middle East.
He has already forged a working strategic partnership with Iran and, increasingly, a common understanding with Turkey.

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