Trump sizes up a neoconservative critic for high-level State Department job

Trump will meet on Tuesday with Elliott Abrams, a former national security council and State Department official in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations. Abrams is a neoconservative foreign policy insider with deep ties to an establishment that reviles Trump. He also regularly questioned during the presidential campaign whether the real estate mogul was qualified to be commander in chief.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who favors Abrams for the job, will also attend the meeting.

Abrams’s appointment has been on hold for weeks as White House officials, led by chief strategist SteveBannon, reviewed his past criticism of Trump to determine whether he could be trusted.

The last hurdle is whether Trump approves of Abrams when the men meet in person.

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