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Trump Picks a Retired General as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

  • John Abizaid led both Army’s Central Command and West Point
  • Nomination comes amid strains over murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Retired Gen. John Abizaid

Retired Gen. John Abizaid

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Donald Trump intends to nominate John Abizaid, a retired Army general, to be the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the White House said on Tuesday night.

Abizaid’s career included tours as a commandant of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and as commander of the U.S. Central Command, which oversees American forces in 20 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He is now a security consultant and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.