point person


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she's become known as the point person for the state department's Middle East policy

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Cobb has served as a key point person for Mueller's requests and worked closely with Trump's personal lawyers. Ken Thomas, chicagotribune.com, "Trump says he would 'love to' talk to Mueller in Russia probe, but wants fairness," 4 May 2018 The two baked a loaf of banana bread and served it to Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, the Vatican’s point person at the presentation. Larissa Zimberoff, New York Times, "From Brewery to Bakery: A Flour That Fights Waste," 25 June 2018 Instead of a single point person with a clear set of demands, the White House is sending six trade and economic officials with differing ideas on how to approach China and who are deeply divided over the desirability of a trade war. Ana Swanson And Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "Trump Trade Officials Will Present a Hard Line in China, but Internally They Are Divided," 2 May 2018 At the same time, Schrier claimed the FBI was monitoring the transactions, and the bureau's point person for his family, agent Lindsey Perotti, misled his mother. Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne, Fox News, "American who escaped Al Qaeda captivity says FBI, under Mueller and Comey, betrayed him," 27 Mar. 2018 Such designations run for five years and then must be renewed, explained Kevin Small, the town’s planning director and point person for the sustainable plan. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air achieves several milestones, seeks sustainable community recertification," 10 July 2018 Pompeo has been Trump’s point person on North Korea, as director of the CIA and now as secretary of State. Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "North Korea could see 'bright future' if it abandons nukes, U.S. top diplomat says," 31 May 2018 Player relationships It’s no secret O’Connor is an intense straight-to-the-point person. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City coach James O’Connor: We’re going to work until we get it right," 13 July 2018 The US State Department's point person for East Asian and Pacific affairs, Susan Thornton, is also in Seoul, where she is scheduled to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "South Korea stops blasting propaganda as summit looms," 23 Apr. 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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