Pompeo Appoints Elliott Abrams as Special Envoy for Venezuela

Washington Free Beacon | 1/25/2019 | Nic Rowan
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BY: Nic Rowan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday appointed Elliott Abrams, who served in senior foreign policy positions under former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, to oversee the Trump administration's policy toward the escalating crisis in Venezuela.

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"Elliott's passion for the rights and liberties of all peoples makes him a perfect fit and a valuable and timely addition," Pompeo said at a press briefing, noting that Abrams' duties will begin immediately.

Pompeo said that he and Abrams will travel to the United Nations Security Council on Saturday. The United States has called a meeting of the Security Council, where they hope to persuade other countries to recognize Juan Guaidó, the leader of the Venezuelan legislature, as the country's president. Guaidó declared himself president, while dictator Nicolás Maduro, who the U.S. now recognizes as an illegitimate leader, is fighting to stay in power.

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"Elliott will be a true asset to our mission to help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country," Pompeo said. "On this issue, and all others, he is eager to advance President Trump's agenda and to promote the ideals and interests of the American people."

Abrams served in several senior roles in the State Department during the Reagan administration and as a deputy national security...
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