Hawkish GOP veteran convicted during Iran-Contra affair picked to run Trump’s Venezuela policy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named a hawkish former Republican official to handle US policy toward Venezuela.

The appointment of Elliot Abrams follows the Trump administration’s decision this week to recognize the leader of Venezuela’s parliament as the country’s legitimate leader and call for President Nicolas Maduro to step down.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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