AP source: Dina Powell tells Trump she doesn't want UN job

By The Associated Press
Posted 7:24PM on Thursday 11th October 2018 ( 1 year ago )

NEW YORK (AP) — Former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell has told the White House that she is not interesting in serving as President Donald Trump's next U.N. ambassador.

That's according to a person familiar with the conversation but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.

Nikki Haley took many by surprise this week when she announced she plans to resign the post at year's end.

Trump had told reporters that Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive, was on his shortlist of about five replacement candidates.

But Powell spoke to the president on Thursday and asked that her name be removed from consideration.

The person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press that Powell indicated she was honored to be discussed but felt it was not the right time for her family.

FILE - In this April 5, 2017 file photo, then White House Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives Dina Powell, followed by Ivanka Trump, leaves a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump says former aide Dina Powell is under consideration to replace departing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Powell served as deputy national security adviser to Trump for most of his first year in the White House, departing in mid-January. She previously worked for Goldman Sachs and served in President George W. Bush's administration. Trump told reporters Tuesday that he has heard his daughter Ivanka Trump's name discussed for the post. He says she'd be "incredible" in the role, but he knows if he selected her, he'd be accused of nepotism. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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