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If Trump wants to go after Iran he’ll need allies — but he doesn’t have many left

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President Donald Trump’s style of politics and “deals” has been more about fighting, creating animosity or publicly attacking international partners. Now that there is a conflict with Iran, Trump is short on allies who can join forces.

In a Politico piece, reporter Anita Kumar harkened back to Trump’s tired phrase “America First,” noting that now it has become synonymous with “America alone.”

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After violating the Iran nuclear treaty, things have gotten worse in the relations between the two countries. Meanwhile, Trump cozying up to Kim Jong Un has only resulted in a short pause of weapons tests before beginning again. Trump is in a trade war with China, and the two have reached an impasse in the negotiations. Most of Europe can’t stand Trump.

“This administration doesn’t care about enlisting allies. We’re moving forward. Period,” said retired French Ambassador Gérard Araud. “For us, we are totally at a loss — 60, 70 years of foreign policy thrown overboard.”

Trump is headed to Japan for the G-20 summit, where he could have an opportunity to build relationships, make friends, and apologize for his brash Twitter attacks of world leaders, but the likelihood of it is slim.

This week, the Pentagon announced it would send 1,000 American troops to the Middle East after a non-American oil tanker was hit.

“Trump has approached diplomatic negotiations like business deals, including personal engagement, high stakes gambles and threats to walk away. Yet international relations has complicated and sometimes dangerous second-order effects,” Politico quoted Amanda Sloat, who was Pres. Barack Obama’s deputy assistant secretary at the State Department and as a senior adviser on the Middle East. “Iran, North Korea and China are challenges that predate Trump — so the question is whether his approach is making things worse.”

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In an October rally, Trump admitted he was a nationalist, and praised withdrawing from foreign wars. So, surrounding himself with Warhawks like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John Bolton seems to conflict with his promise to bring troops home.

It’s unclear if Trump will try to go after Iran alone or walk back his “red line.” As he turns to run for reelection, there’s also the matter of most Americans not wanting to send their children to die in another Middle Eastern war. Ironically, Trump tweeted in 2012 that he anticipated former President Barack Obama would start a war in Iran to help him win reelection. It never happened under Obama, who easily sailed to victory. Now, political commentators are wondering if the 2012 tweet predicts Trump’s behavior.

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Viewers baffled as GOP counsel appears to push anti-Trump talking points during Yovanovich cross-examination

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House Republican impeachment inquiry attorney Steve Castor on Friday baffled viewers with a line of questioning that appeared to be beneficial to House Democrats' case for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Among other things, Castor referred to ambassador Bill Taylor as a man of integrity and also didn't challenge former ambassador Marie Yovanovich's story that she had been the subject of a smear campaign launched by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In fact, Castor's line of questioning was so friendly to House Democrats, that some Twitter users joked that he was a "deep state plant" who's secretly helping to impeach the president.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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Marie Yovanovitch made a ‘mockery’ of Trump’s dismissal of the ‘deep state’ with her testimony: CNN’s David Gregory

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CNN contributor David Gregory used his time during a panel segment on the impeachment testimony of Marie Yovanovitch to hammer President Donald Trump for attacking the diplomat on Twitter as she spoke -- then said she had made a "mockery" of his [Trump's] dismissal of the "deep state."

According to Gregory, viewers might think he was naive to believe the president would not get personal and go after Yovanovitch, but that he was honestly stunned.

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