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Gulf Arab states expect 'a strong' President Trump to counter Iran

But some worry his short temper and Twitter habit mean he is unsuited to handling the volatility of Middle East

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (centre) with Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work (right), US Air Force General Paul Selva (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff US Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford during his first roundtable after arriving at the Pentagon in Washington on Saturday. A retired Marine general known for distrust of Iran, Mr Mattis is a familiar figure to Gulf Arab rulers.


GULF Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump's short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East.

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