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In the category of: The Winner
In the category of: Victory???
A lot of details remain to be worked out, but this is still a really big agreement.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates just agreed to a historic deal to normalize their long-strained relations — and it may not have happened without the input of President Donald Trump’s administration.
In a surprise announcement Thursday, the US, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates put out a joint statement outlining how the two Middle Eastern nations will develop ties in numerous areas including investment, security, tourism, technology, and energy, and will establish formal embassies in each others’ countries.
But at the heart of the agreement is a trade: As the statement lays out, Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over” parts of the West Bank that it had previously expressed intentions to annex. In exchange, the UAE will treat Israel as it would any other country it has friendly relations with — making it only the third Arab country to have such open relations with Jerusalem.
In the category of: Mixed messages
The president — who is down in the polls and has failed to deliver on a big stimulus deal — is resorting to his incendiary attacks.
While the president has never been known for discipline when it comes to his communications strategy, he unleashed on Thursday especially sharp and sexist criticisms of several female political rivals — including newly minted vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is proving unrelenting in stimulus negotiations.
The rhetoric appeared at odds with his own attempts to court the very suburban female voters who are turning away from him in large numbers.
Trump also flashed his tendency to say the quiet parts out loud, explicitly stating that he is trying to block funding for the Postal Service in order to stop universal mail-in voting during November’s election.
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