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President's instincts for big threats, big deals collide

Sep 17, 2019 - The Washington Post

Pressure to confront

a foe competes with his

desire to best Obama

President Trump has said Iran is the greatest threat in the Middle East, a would-be nuclear power that he has brought low through the stiffest sanctions ever applied to a single nation. He has warned that the United States is "locked and loaded" to punish Iran if it is found to be responsible for the attack on Saudi oil facilities over the weekend.

But Trump has also eagerly courted a sit-down negotiation w...