Trump staffs up Mideast team for peace plan rollout

August 02, 2018 - 6:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

The National Security Council last week began approaching other agencies seeking volunteers to join the team, which will work for President Donald Trump's Mideast peace pointmen Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, according to the officials.

The team will comprise three units: one concentrating on its political and security details, one on its significant economic focus and one on strategic communications, the officials said. They were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The creation of a White House team is the first evidence in months that a plan is advancing.

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