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Facing chaos at home, Trump looks for wins abroad

Normality amid chaos: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife, Lucy, to the White House yesterday. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Unlikely to score a big domestic victory heading into the midterm elections and his own reelection, President Trump is trying a new angle in his effort to broker a meaningful peace deal in the Middle East.

  • Trump has accelerated his diplomatic efforts among quarreling Arab monarchies, starting with an upcoming series of White House visits by leaders of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Axios' Jonathan Swan reported last night.
  • Why it matters: The administration hopes these separate meetings could lead to a summit in the U.S. in late spring, perhaps focused on Qatar and its alleged ties to terrorism.