President Trump spoke with Dina Powell on Wednesday about replacing Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and has told some advisers that the former White House aide is his preferred choice for the job، according to White House officials and other people familiar with the matter، the Washington post reported.
Powell، who served as deputy national security adviser and is now a senior executive at Goldman Sachs، is close with Trump’s daughter، Ivanka Trump، and son-in-law، Jared Kushner — who both serve as senior White House aides — and has maintained friendly ties with the president after leaving the White House at the beginning of the year.
A senior official said Powell is one of two top candidates to replace Haley، but declined to name the other. Trump did not make a formal offer to Powell during the call Wednesday morning، the official said. The president also spoke with Powell once before Haley’s resignation was announced Tuesday.
While Powell remains a top choice for Trump، she could face some opposition internally. She is disliked by White House chief of staff John F. Kelly، who privately criticized her performance in the administration and deemed her a sharp-elbowed operator who did not follow his protocols، according to three West Wing officials.