Trump Finally Fills anti-Semitism Envoy Post, Names U.S. Army Veteran

Elan Carr will man the post after it has been left empty for two years

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U.S. President Donald Trump is set to name a Los Angeles prosecutor to be the State Department’s envoy for anti-Semitism, after two years of leaving the post empty, leading to protests from lawmakers and Jewish groups.

Elan Carr.Credit: United States Army

Elan Carr, 50, is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and a former president of the Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. Trump will name him Tuesday. JTA had advance knowledge of the appointment, but held it at the request of sources. Jewish Insider broke the story Monday night.

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Carr is immediately plunging into his work, attending a conference on anti-Semitism in Bratislava organized by Slovakia, which currently holds the chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, on Tuesday, and then a European Union conference on anti-Semitism in Brussels. He has met or has planned meetings with predecessors from both Republican and Democratic administrations.

The announcement comes after Trump left the position open for two years, leading to multiple letters of protest from Jewish groups and a bipartisan array of members of Congress.

Trump’s failure until now to name an envoy has been exacerbated by concerns in the Jewish community that the president has equivocated in condemning white supremacists who have endorsed and praised him, and has cultivated relationships with authoritarians who have flirted with the far right, particularly in Hungary.

The U.S. House of Representatives last month overwhelmingly approved a bill elevating the position to ambassador level. The position was established by law in 2004.

Jewish Insider noted U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson donated $100,000 for Carr’s campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor in 2016.

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