As US vote looms, Gulf powers count Trump blessings

Brandishing a sword and dancing to traditional music on his first visit to Saudi Arabia soon after taking office, Donald Trump launched a dramatic relationship revamp that freed the hands of the Gulf monarchies.More than three years on, regional leaders are playing their diplomatic cards in support of an erratic but valuable partner in Washington as he seeks a second term — one that would likely lead to even deeper tensions with Iran and more opportunities for their one-time enemy, Israel.The businessman-turned-president’s warm ties with the Gulf Arab states contrast with those of his predece…

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