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Former NSC Official Coates Going to Saudi Arabia Amid Price War

The U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington.
The U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Victoria Coates, the former deputy national security adviser now serving at the Department of Energy, will be based in Saudi Arabia to give the Trump administration an added presence in the region as an oil price war between the Saudi and Russian governments unfolds.

Coates was named a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette in February and her assignment to Saudi Arabia has been in the works for some time, according to a Department of Energy official who asked not to be identified discussing personnel matters. Her start date isn’t yet known because of upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the official said.