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As President Donald Trump embarks on his first overseas trip, he's embracing the same defiant strategy adopted over a generation ago by an embattled predecessor, Richard Nixon.Trump's instinct, instead, is to fight back against critics he believes are trying to destroy his presidency through the Russia investigation. Trump's accomplishment after a cataclysmic first four months is that he's still standing. For Trump, the Russia investigation still appears to be a zero-sum game – the political equivalent of kill or be killed.What's unfortunate, from a foreign policy standpoint, is that Trump's inability to calm the Washington turmoil threatens to overshadow his foreign trip and undermine some potentially important gains. To ease U.S. wariness of new Middle East entanglement, the Saudis will announce a plan to buy $109 billion in U.S. military equipment, allowing Trump to claim he's creating U.S. jobs.Senior Arab officials see the Trump visit as a big bet on an American re-engagement in the region that will empower reformers in Saudi Arabia, the richest and most powerful Sunni Arab state.
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