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The Atlantic: United States Has 'Two Presidents At One Time'

Geo Beats
Geo Beats
President-elect Donald Trump inserted himself into the UN matter regarding Israeli settlements, further muddying the current and future administration waters.

On Friday, the U.S. abstained from the United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements.
President-elect Donald Trump expressed his apparent disagreement with the U.S. position, writing on Twitter, "As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th."
Subsequently, The Atlantic published a piece headlined, 'It’s Official: America Has Two Presidents at One Time.'
The article begins with, "What happens when the most powerful country in the world effectively has two presidents at once? Its policy regarding one of the most complex conflicts on the planet collapses into a muddled mess."
A day prior to the vote, Donald Trump had issued a more detailed statement on the matter.
It was published on both Twitter and Facebook and read, “The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed. As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”
Politico noted at the time, "Trump’s decision to make his stance known was striking in that, in theory, such matters are supposed to be left to the president still in charge to avoid sending mixed signals on U.S. foreign policy."
This isn’t the first time Trump has inserted himself into matters being handled by the current administration. 
He has vehemently denied declarations from both the CIA and the FBI that Russia influenced the 2016 election in his favor, notes CNN. 
Trump also broke long-standing
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