Trump expected to nominate new ambassador to Afghanistan this month

  • Date of Publication : 5/09/2020 at 11:37 GMT
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US President Donald Trump is expected to name the new ambassador to Afghanistan this month, with indications pointing towards it being William Ruger, The Hill reported.

Ruger is a foreign-policy expert and champion of Trump’s agenda to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to The Hill, a source familiar with the decision said the State Department alerted the Afghan government earlier this week about the forthcoming decision.

Ruger has reportedly undergone vetting for the position for the past three months, another person familiar with the matter said.

The Hill reported that administrative officials see Ruger’s selection as the president’s signal of intent to reduce the US military presence in the region drastically.

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