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A cornered U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to turn to a favorite tactic of autocrats everywhere: manufacturing foreign-policy crises to distract the public's attention from problems at home.Iran presents Trump with another opportunity to inflict political damage on the Democrats.Sanctions, Trump has long maintained, would force Iran to negotiate.The Democrats also provide Trump an out on North Korea.As Democrats focus on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, Trump's ties to Russia, and the details of Trump's closed-door conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July, they will be faced with the prospect of signing off on increased defense spending or else appearing dithering and hypocritical on Russia.Democrats should resist the urge to try correcting Trump's perceived wrongs.The Democrats' best bet is to let Trump take the lead on global affairs, however unsavory, and actively work to check and balance his actions.
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