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Trump Critic Elliott Abrams Might Become State Dept. No. 2

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Elliott Abrams (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

By    |   Monday, 06 Feb 2017 10:05 PM

Neoconservative Elliott Abrams, a vocal critic of Donald Trump's during the campaign, is set to meet with the president Tuesday about a high-level job at the State Department, The New York Times reported.

Abrams, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard, will be talking to Trump about a position as the State Department's No. 2 official under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"I think he's pretty close to being named," James Jay Carafano, the vice president of defense and foreign policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, who advised the Trump transition team on the State Department, told the Times.

Tillerson "will want to start out with a deputy who is empowered to run things for him," he told Politico.

Abrams, who served in foreign policy positions for Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, regularly questioned whether Trump was fit to be president during the campaign.

"1972 was the first time I was old enough to vote for president, and I did not vote," Abrams told Politico last March. "Couldn't vote for McGovern for foreign policy reasons, nor for Nixon because of Watergate. I may be in the same boat in 2016, unable to vote for Trump or Clinton."

Abrams has experience in foreign policy and has supported the original Iraq War and America's intervention and military presence around the world, things Trump has decried.

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Neoconservative Elliott Abrams, a vocal critic of Donald Trump's during the campaign, is set to meet with the president Tuesday about a high-level job at the State Department, The New York Times reported.
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