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|Rand Paul Prepared For Battle Over Trump’s Potential Deputy Secretary of State Pick
Posted: 06 Feb 2017 09:22 PM PST
Rand Paul is gearing up for a fight — should President Donald Trump choose the intensely hawkish Elliott Abrams as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s second in command.
The #NeverTrump neoconservative is Trump’s rumored pick for the Deputy Secretary of State position, despite his fondness of interventionist policy, and is said to be meeting with the president on Tuesday. Trump is also scheduled to meet with Tillerson at 3 p.m.
Abrams was a staunch critic of Trump throughout his campaign, even warning Republicans to “keep your distance” from the now-president. The area where he was most critical was in foreign policy, calling Trump’s non-interventionist stances “dangerous.”
He was also convicted for withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra affair while serving as assistant secretary of state for Inter-American Affairs under President Ronald Reagan — though he was later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush.
Perhaps most troubling is that Abrams worked as the Middle East director on George W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. We all know how that went.
With Paul promising a battle, it is unlikely that Abrams will pass through the 21 member Foreign Relations Committee, which is comprised of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats — unless a Democrat opts to come out in favor of him.
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