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President Donald Trump seems convinced that he has found the formula for success in foreign policy: Bully your adversaries, sanction them, squeeze them and then flatter them and make a deal.One minute, Trump is hitting the Chinese with stiff tariffs; the next he is saying what a great friend he has in President Xi Jinping, who he's sure will ultimately make a deal.These crude tactics are so obvious that, on one level, it's astonishing that Trump gets away with them. Trump has been coyly dropping his hankie with Iran for more than a year. In September 2017, I'm told, a U.S. official advised French President Emmanuel Macron that Trump was ready to meet Rouhani, and asked if the French could help arrange it.At the U.N. last week, Macron is said to have asked Trump what he should tell Rouhani this time. Trump seems to think he has the power-diplomacy game figured out, and he has undeniably achieved some gains.
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