WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — During his campaign, Trump said that Russia, Syria and Iran were the only players who really fought against terrorists in the Middle East, and claimed he wanted a closer coordination on it with Moscow.
"Trump criticized sharply the Obama administration policy of unnecessarily deep involvement of the US in the Middle Eastern crises. Therefore one may expect that he may make attempts to disentangle the US from some of these involvements. He may agree with the President Putin to let Russia to have a freer hand in Syria, if not in Iraq," Yakis, who also was an ambassador to the United Nations, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, said.
"Middle East is not a region that Trump knew very well, except for the investment opportunities as a businessman. The foreign policy on the Middle East under Trump will be shaped most probably by the staff that he will designate such as the State Secretary, Defence Secretary, National Security Advisor, the Coordinator for the Middle Eastern Affairs etc.," Yakis added.
Trump won the presidential race on Tuesday with 290 electoral votes against his rival Hillary Clinton's 232. The inauguration will be held on January 20, 2017.