Trump nominates Gen. John P. Abizaid as ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Following the assassination of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in United States, in Turkey and war of words between the two nations it became a necessary for the Trump administration to appoint an ambassador to the Kingdom. On Tuesday the name of retired commander of force in the Middle East, Gen. John P. Abizaid, was nominated and if his selection is confirmed by the Senate, the president will a have a representative of his own.

Over the brutal killing of Khashoggi on October 2 the relationship between Washington and Riyadh has been strained. Amid such situation General Abizaid seems to be a right choice as he speaks fluent Arabic and served as head of the US Central Command for years in the Middle East. He oversaw initial years of Iraq war.

The 67-year-old is a Lebanese-American and has a deep knowledge of the area. He has spent 34 years in the Army and rose to a celebrated four-star general from just an infantry platoon leader.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia acknowledged the Washington Post journalist was brutally killed in its consulate in Turkey, but denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew in advance about the operation and was also not involved.

Paul Linus