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Trump to send national security advisor to Asean Summit

Oct 30. 2019
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By THE NATION

The White House website announced on Tuesday (October 29) the names of the US delegates and officials who will be participating in the United States-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 3-4.

According to the website, President Trump has named the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Robert C. O’Brien as his special envoy to the Summits. He will be accompanied by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who will be the senior United States Government representative at the second annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok. Ross is leading an executive trade mission to Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam from November 3-8, 2019.

O’Brien is a veteran foreign policy hand who served as a US hostage negotiator and replaced John Bolton as national security advisor after Bolton and Trump disagreed over a range of foreign policy matters involving Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea.

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