It is poor foreign policy. It will damage Israel’s counter-terrorism efforts. And it’s flagrantly unacceptable to the Palestinians.
Delivering on his campaign promise to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy accordingly hasn’t helped.
No president should be an island. Indeed, no president can afford to be.
No one looked more uncomfortable to be in the Middle East than Steve Bannon, who was reduced to a ‘seen but not heard’ role in Riyadh.
Since the strike on Syria, Bannon’s influence is waning while Kushner’s waxes.
They will be asking themselves if they want to sign a blank cheque for an American President whose foreign policy is so impulsive and apparently ill thought through.
The Office of American Innovation might never get going, given Trump’s chaotic style, but the concept is a good one.
The element of surprise can work if it outfoxes the opposition, but not if shocks your own side.