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Trump says Saudi king denied "any knowledge" about Khashoggi

President Trump tweeted Monday morning that he had spoken to — and will send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with — King Salman of Saudi Arabia about Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist suspected to have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen.' He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!"

The big picture: The Saudi government has agreed to allow Turkish authorities to search the consulate as early as Monday afternoon, per the WashPost. The escalating international rift has massive financial implications and has caused a number of companies to back away from doing business with the Saudis until more answers are provided.

Trump officials want to demote the next UN ambassador

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The more consequential internal White House debate over UN ambassador isn’t over who’ll replace Nikki Haley, but over whether it should remain a Cabinet-level position.

Between the lines: National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo all think the role should report to the Secretary of State, per sources familiar with their thinking. Presidents Bush 41 and 43 both demoted their UN ambassadors from Cabinet-level status, while Presidents Clinton and Obama elevated the role upon taking office.