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Senior Advisor to Pompeo resigns
Pompeo was expected to release a statement on Friday announcing the departure.
McKinley declined to comment on Thursday night.
Among the many topics in which he played a role, McKinley was closely involved in Venezuela's administrative policies. Mexico, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan, where President Trump abruptly canceled US-led US peace negotiations with the Taliban last month.
A person familiar with the situation said McKinley considered Pompeo a positive force in favor of his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, in promoting alternative views within the division, as well as lifting a Tillerson freeze on promotions and bans on spouses arrested in the Work abroad.
Although he had no direct involvement in Ukraine, part of McKinley's work was affected by the temperature of the building for Pompeo. Like many others, he was disappointed at the lack of public support from the Secretary of Diplomats, which was controversial and called upon in Ukraine to testify before the House Committees, which conducted the impeachment investigation into the actions of Trump and his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani has been.
Marie Yovanovitch, the US ambassador to Ukraine, who had recalled Pompeo from her post when a right-wing media campaign accused her of unfaithfulness, was particularly worried. Yovanovitch had challenged Giuliani's efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate Trump's political rivals.
Giuliani said Trump ordered Pompeo to fire her. In his July telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is at the center of the impeachment investigation, Trump called Yovanovitch "bad" and said, "She's going through some things." The Foreign Ministry Yovonovitch is scheduled to deliver a statement to the committees of inquiry on Friday.
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