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US Prez undercuts his advisors again with Saudi tweets

The tweets were only the latest time Trump has set US foreign policy in 140 characters


President Donald Trump again showed how quickly his tweets can outrun US foreign policy planning, after he backed Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince over the arrests of dozens of officials before the State Department had completed its review of the moves. While Trump had talked with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about Saudi Arabia as they toured Tokyo together November 5 and 6, there was no formal consultation before he tweeted early Tuesday that King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman “know exactly what they are doing.” A second tweet said ...

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First Published: Wed, November 08 2017. 02:00 IST