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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.

Dina Powell out of running for UN ambassador

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Dina Powell is out of the running to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sources close to her tell Axios.

What we're hearing: Powell, a Goldman Sachs partner who was a high-profile aide in the first year of President Trump's administration, told him yesterday that she was honored to be considered but wanted to withdraw from consideration.