Elliott Abrams is Trump's leading candidate for deputy secretary of state

Elliott Abrams served in foreign policy roles for presidents Ronald Reagan and George W Bush


Reuters February 07, 2017
US President Donald J Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON DC: Elliott Abrams, who served in foreign policy roles for presidents Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, is President Donald Trump's leading candidate to be deputy secretary of state, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Abrams is to meet Trump at the White House on Tuesday along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Abrams, 69, last served in government in the Bush White House, first as a Middle East expert on the National Security Council and later as a global democracy strategy adviser.

Another candidate for the position was former diplomat Paula Dobriansky, the source said, while adding that it appeared Abrams had the inside track.

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