Jordan Bears Brunt of Trump’s Chaos

President Trump has been notorious for waffling on policy. For Jordan, that is causing a great deal of concern.

Even before he came into office, Trump seemed to back off the idea that Syrian leader Bashar al Assad had to go. But he changed his tune once Assad used chemical weapons on a village near Idlib by authorizing a 59-missile salvo on a Syrian airfield. Only a few weeks after that, he once again backed off saying Assad staying in power wasn’t a non-starter for peace talks.

But Jordan is also seeing a change in policy toward Israel. Trump has seemed to indicate an appetite for resolving the conflict with the Palestinian authority, but his statements in support of a Palestinian state have been vague.

And now it seems that there is a likelihood that a joint-force, including US, British, and Jordanian troops, could undertake several mission within Syria. A recent military exercise along the border with Syria would indicate that this is a possibility. There is also concern from the Jordanians as the Syrian Army is starting to consolidate gains made against Daesh.

Lastly, there is likely to be some hesitation regarding Trump’s alleged intelligence sharing with his Russian guests. Any progress among the joint military operations, both current and future, could be plagued by a lack of confidence that intelligence gleaned from any mission won’t be leaked.

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