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The stunning video of Putin’s arrival at Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria rocketed around Arab social media.“Visiting Syria, Egypt and Turkey in one day, Putin establishes himself as the only world leader with real influence in the Middle East,” read the headline in the Israeli paper Haaretz.Indeed, in the Mideast, far from displaying a mastery of big deals, the president has given away key bargaining chips gratis.In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital without distinguishing between Arab and Jewish sectors, he handed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a huge win, while requiring nothing in return.“Now the feeling is that Putin is the king of Syria and the United States is in retreat,” I was told by former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.How can this be, you ask, when Trump was welcomed warmly in Jerusalem and lavishly in Saudi Arabia?Another Russian officer held Assad back when he tried to walk alongside Putin.The message was clear: The new master of Syria, whose air force (along with Iranian ground forces) saved Assad, was demonstrating who was now in charge.

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His intense focus on personal relationships with autocrats – Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, and China’s Xi Jinping – has yet to deliver the rewards he seems to expect.Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays.Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China.They sense which way the wind is blowing: Russia and Egypt have now agreed that the military aircraft of the two countries can share airspace and air bases – nearly five decades after Anwar el-Sadat kicked the Soviets out.

Meantime, Trump’s disdain for tough diplomacy, his insults to his secretary of state, his gutting of the diplomatic corps, and tweeting taunts that undercut his team have muddied policies from Europe to the Mideast to Asia.

She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004.