Appears to present a clearer U.S. military threat to Iran and has spoken in more permissive terms about Israel's right to act against Iran's nuclear facilities, without explicitly approving of such a step. Has spoken in favor of covert action by the U.S. and regional allies in Syria but "the right course is not military" intervention by the U.S. Pledges more military assistance to Israel and agreed with Israel's position that Jerusalem is the capital. Branded Russia the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the U.S.; threatened to label China a currency manipulator.