David Jackson and Christal Hayes
Published 8:04 PM EDT Oct 11, 2018
WASHINGTON – Dina Powell, an executive at Goldman Sachs, is out of the running for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Powell, who previously served as a deputy national security adviser, was one of five people on President Donald Trump’s “short list” to replace U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Powell, instead, will stay at Goldman Sachs, the sources said. It’s unclear why Powell is no longer being considered but sources told USA TODAY she had disputes with other White House officials during her previous tenure there.
Powell is the only person Trump has publicly named as a possible replacement for Haley, who announced Tuesday that she would step down at the end of the year.
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Haley, a former South Carolina governor, became was one of the most prominent women in Trump’s Cabinet. She helped the president embrace a more isolationist approach while delivering a steady message when White House policy was unclear.
Initially a critic of Trump, Haley maintained high standing in the administration despite occasional disagreements with the president that spilled into public view. She is a potential candidate for higher office – including for president – an idea she downplayed when announcing her resignation.
“She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together,” Trump said of Haley on Tuesday. “We’ve solved a lot of problems.”