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Lauren Toms

Lauren Toms is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering national security committees on Capitol Hill, foreign affairs, defense, and diplomacy. She began covering politics at CNN during the 2016 presidential election, working closely with the national security and justice teams, and later joined Axios as an editor specializing in international and military coverage.

Lauren holds a master's degree in U.S. law from Washington University in St. Louis school of law, and a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from the George Washington University school of media and public affairs. She can be reached at

Articles by Lauren Toms

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, right, and Taiwan former Vice President Chen Chien-jen wave before Azar delivering speech at National Taiwan University College of Public Health in Taipei, Taiwan Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying) **FILE**

Taiwan weighs options as Trump gives way to Joe Biden

A flashpoint in tensions between China and the U.S. under President Trump, Taiwan is seeking to expand on its relationship with the U.S. under the incoming Biden administration as the island faces an increasingly aggressive Beijing. Published December 17, 2020

U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien speaks during the turnover ceremony of defense articles at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City, Philippines, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (Eloisa Lopez/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Robert O’Brien cuts short overseas trip in wake of cyberattack

White House National Security Adviser Robert C. O'Brien this week cut short a valedictory tour of European capitals, according to multiple reports, as he returned to Washington to grapple with the repercussions of a global cyberespionage campaign that hacked into the systems of multiple U.S. government agencies. Published December 16, 2020

Surrounded by Army cadets, President Donald Trump watches the first half of the 121st Army-Navy Football Game in Michie Stadium at the United States Military Academy, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump threatens to veto defense spending bill again

The Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved the National Defense Authorization Act following weeks of veto threats from President Trump over language to rename military bases that honor former Confederate leaders and lack of a provision to end legal protections for social media companies. Published December 13, 2020

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

Rand Paul stalls key defense bill over troop withdrawals from Afghanistan

The Senate is facing the possibility of a government shutdown as Sen. Rand Paul moved Thursday to filibuster the $740 billion annual defense policy bill while lawmakers race to approve federal spending legislation before the existing budget runs out Friday. Published December 10, 2020

In this May 2, 2017 file photo, Morocco's King Mohammed VI, left, smiles as he arrives at the Elysee Palace to meet France's President Francois Hollande in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Israel, Morocco strike deal to normalize diplomatic relations

Israel and Morocco on Thursday agreed to normalize diplomatic relations with each other, marking the fourth Arab country to do so this year and a foreign policy win for President Trump in his final weeks in office. Published December 10, 2020

The Senate this week is expected to vote on whether to block a $23 billion weapons sale to the United Arab Emirates, including 50 cutting-edge F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets valued at over $10 billion. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Trump prevails as Senate refuses to block UAE arms deals

Just a day after the House rebuffed him on a major defense bill, President Trump scored a major foreign policy victory as the Senate on Wednesday narrowly rejected efforts to throw out a proposed $23 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates that is a key component of Mr. Trump's Middle East strategy. Published December 9, 2020