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Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell will leave President Donald Trump’s administration early next year to return home to New York to be close to her family, according to a senior administration official.
Powell had promised the president to finish the National Security Strategy, which is due out later this month. She remains “close to the president” and will continue to advise him on the Middle East from the outside, the official said.
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She will accompany Vice President Mike Pence on his trip to the Middle East later this month.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) praised Powell and said her departure is a loss for the president.
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“She’s been a trusted adviser to the president, and she’s helped structure and organize the National Security Council policy-making process and the interagency process. Although it was well-known she would leave after a year because her family has stayed in New York this past year, it’s still a loss for the president,” Cotton said in a phone interview with Breitbart News.
He also said her decision...
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