The Trump administration moved on a dizzying number of Foreign Policy fronts in 2018. President Trump in mid-May decided to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and vowed to rein in an aggressive Tehran that has been increasingly active in the Middle East. The region, meanwhile, continued to be convulsed by the Syrian civil war and Israeli-Palestinian clashes. Plans also have been underway for Trump to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un in June, after North Korea tested its largest-ever nuclear weapon in September. However, Trump on May 24 said he is canceling the meeting. China and the United States are trying to head off a trade war, and both sides have signaled that a compromise might be in the offing. Trump also hopes to improve relations with Russia, which has continued its muscle-flexing in Europe and Syria.

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