Why is David Urban a top pick for US ambassador to Saudi Arabia?

After the election, experts expected that Urban would replace Reince Priebus as chairman of the Republican National Committee (Courtesy AMERICAN CONTINENTAL GROUP)

David Urban, who helped engineer President Trump's win in Pennsylvania, is the top choice to become the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a source familiar with the process confirmed to CBS.

The report said that Urban is the president of American Continental Group, a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. He's a longtime Washington insider who served as chief of staff to Sen. Arlen Specter.

Urban is also a West Point graduate who served in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

He was reported to be considered for other positions earlier in the Trump administration, including chief of staff.

It does not appear that his paperwork has been submitted to Congress yet, according to CBS.

He represented major contractors such as General Dynamics, which signed an arms deal with the kingdom before the Trump visit earlier this year. He has also helped Goldman Sachs.

He previously served as the first aide to late Senator Arlen Specter, one of the first campaign advisers to Trump, and the main factor in his victory in Pennsylvania, where all polls were in favor of Hillary Clinton, as well as the Democratic Party.

After the election, experts expected that he would replace Reince Priebus as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

But as the post of White House chief of staff changed, he became the closest to the White House post, according to a report published by Axios in late May.

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