Trump picks retired general for ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2018

After four years of the position being vacant, president Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate retired General John Abizaid as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Trump announced Tuesday that he is nominating John Abizaid, the longest-serving commander of the U.S. Central Command, to lead the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh.

Abizaid, who retired in 2007, served in wars in Grenada, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Abizaid is a highly decorated officer who has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star, according to CENTCOM.

Abizaid is now a visiting fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and works as a private consultant at JPA Associates, the White House said. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

If confirmed by the Senate, Abizaid would become ambassador as the Trump administration is weighing the USA response to the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Abizaid of Nevada, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian journalist was living in self-imposed exile in the United States, and was a Virginia resident.

As details of his killing unfolded and worldwide pressure mounted, the Saudis presented changing stories about his death. They initially denied any knowledge, but then said a group of rogue operators were responsible for his killing.

After Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in its Istanbul consulate, five high-ranking officials were dismissed, including bin Salman's media chief and the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence service.

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