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Why Hasn’t Trump Talked About The Middle East, When Nearly Half Of Servicemen Come From One Key GOP Voting Bloc?

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In part, President Donald Trump secured victory in the 2016 election by promising American voters he would change the United States’ approach to Middle East policy. Data shows that rural voters were disproportionately impacted by the United States’ footprint in the region and were crucial to Trump’s win in 2016. Despite recent breakthroughs in the region, however, the president did not make Middle East policy a central issue in either of the presidential debates.