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President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has isolated Iran and tanked its currency, the rial.
Unless Saudi Arabia's impulsive new leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, chooses to blow up the US-Saudi alliance against all conventional wisdom, both sides are likely to brush off Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.
President Donald Trump has, at almost every turn, defied experts on Iran policy to take a very aggressive track against Tehran and has yet to suffer a single tangible consequence. The nightmare scenarios President Barack Obama warned against have not come to pass.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly pushed for talks with Iran's leadership, though that could embarrass the theocratic leaders of the country, as they see themselves as holy warriors fighting US hegemony.
A summit with President Donald Trump would greatly shame the theocratic rulers of Iran, as they frame their government as a revolutionary act opposing US hegemony and cry "death to America." That's where Russian President Vladimir Putin may come into play.
Iran's currency sank to an all-time low over the weekend, falling below 100,000 rials to the dollar, ahead of the first round of US sanctions which are set to go into effect next week.
Lawmakers want President Donald Trump to come home from the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore with enough diplomatic progress that will ultimately lead to an official treaty ready for the Senate to ratify with a 2/3 majority vote.
John Bolton will reportedly meet with Israeli national security adviser to ratify joint approach to Iran
US National Security Adviser John Bolton will reportedly meet with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabat, in Washington on Tuesday to talk about Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will also discuss Iran with several European leaders next week.
Democrats are claiming that President Donald Trump's policies, such as pulling the US out of the Iran Deal, are causing gas prices to rise. But, most of the recent increase is due to a long rebalancing of oil supply and demand after the price crash in 2016.
The Iran nuclear deal was designed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, but now that President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the pact there's a chance it could fall apart and the Iranian regime could move toward becoming a nuclear power.