Middle East

Shoring up Trump's shaky ship of state

Shoring up Trump's shaky ship of state

After plunging American foreign policy into confusion and disarray, the Trump administration in recent days has embarked on a major damage-control operation.

Earlier this week, President Trump replaced Michael Flynn, the combustible campaign loyalist who resigned after misleading Vice President-elect Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, with Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, an active-duty officer and military scholar recommended by members of Congress. Pence met in Brussels with NATO officials to reassure them of the administration’s “unwavering” commitment to the alliance that Trump called “obsolete” during last year’s campaign. Secretary of Defense James N....

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