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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

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, second from right, answers a question from the media during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Patrick Shanahan unlikely to get permanent defense secretary position

The head of a key Senate committee gave the strongest signal yet that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will not be getting the job permanently and that President Trump will select someone else to replace Pentagon chief James Mattis. Published February 12, 2019

A man shout shouts "Welcome humanitarian aid" as he passes a line of Venezuelan army soldiers and National Guard officers that block the main access to the Tienditas International Bridge that links Colombia and Venezuela, near Urena, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Trucks carrying U.S. humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela arrived Thursday at the Colombian border, where opposition leaders vowed to bring them into their troubled nation despite objections from embattled President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Elliott Abrams: Visas of Nicolas Maduro regime restricted

The Trump administration will impose new visa restrictions on top officials of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as President Trump's new envoy to the crisis in Caracas said the time for a negotiated compromise with the socialist Maduro regime had passed. Published February 7, 2019

Anti-government protesters wave Venezuelan national flags as they take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Momentum is growing for Venezuela's opposition movement led by self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, who has called supporters back into the streets for nationwide protests Saturday, escalating pressure on Maduro to step down. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Donald Trump says Venezuela military action an option

In a move to increase pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro, President Trump declared once again Sunday that U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is still an option. Published February 3, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin leave a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

U.S. withdraws from INF Treaty with Russia

President Trump announced Friday that he is pulling the U.S. out of its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, saying Moscow has been cheating for years on the 1987 pact. Published February 1, 2019