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Trump Isolated on Iran as World Sees Confusion in U.S. Strategy

  • White House says it’s waiting for a phone call from Tehran
  • Diplomats see no sign of back channel to help ease tensions
Donald Trump

Donald Trump

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U.S. allies have rallied to Donald Trump’s side on many of his signature foreign policy initiatives, from North Korea to Venezuela. But as tensions surged this week over Iran, it became clear the American president was going it alone.

Efforts to ramp up the U.S. military presence in the Middle East -- expediting the deployment of a carrier battle group and sending a Patriot anti-missile battery and bomber squadron -- generated as much alarm among allies as did U.S. claims of escalating threats from Iran. Scattered statements of support for the U.S. were folded in with concern over uncertainty about where Trump’s strategy was headed.