Clarification: Cindy McCain story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 4, The Associated Press reported that Cindy McCain worked on human trafficking issues through her family’s McCain Institute. The story should have specified that the institute is part of Arizona State University.

A clarified version of the story is below:

Official: Cindy McCain eyed for senior State Dept. role

Trump administration official: Wife of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is likely to take on a prominent State Department role


Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cindy McCain, the wife of Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain, is expected to be offered a prominent role in the Trump administration’s State Department, two individuals familiar with the discussions said Thursday.

Although it wasn’t clear what position she would fill, one possibility under discussion is McCain serving as an ambassador-at-large in Washington, focusing on a specific issue such as human trafficking, according to the administration official and another individual familiar with the talks. McCain, a philanthropist and global humanitarian activist, has been a vocal advocate for victims of human trafficking for several years.

Both individuals said they weren’t authorized to speak on the matter ahead of a final decision and demanded anonymity.

Placing McCain in a State Department role would elevate the spouse of one of President Donald Trump’s fiercest and most respected Republican critics on foreign policy, potentially diffusing tensions between Trump’s administration and foreign policy conservatives. It could also strengthen ties between the State Department and Capitol Hill as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushes sweeping cuts to the agency amid opposition from many lawmakers in Congress.

Sen. McCain, who traded sharp words with Trump during last year’s campaign, criticized the president early on for a “dysfunctional” national security operation. He said Trump’s lack of emphasis ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad from power marked…

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