President Donald Trump is actually no longer considering Dina Powell for the position of U.N. ambassador, according to a senior White House official.
Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive as well as also former deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump, had told friends in which she was leaning toward staying at the firm instead of becoming the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.
She had informed President Donald Trump himself about her likelihood of staying at the bank, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.
Powell was being considered to succeed Nikki Haley to represent the United States at the U.N. as well as also was one of Trump’s top picks for the post.
A spokesman for Goldman declined to comment Thursday. A White House spokesperson did not return a request for comment.
Powell had been speaking with senior administration officials about the role within the lead-up to Haley’s sudden as well as also surprising resignation on Tuesday, sources previously told CNBC.
Trump noted throughout the week in which Powell was on his list of candidates to succeed Haley as well as also all signs pointed to her getting the position.
“Dina is actually certainly a person I might consider as well as also she’s under consideration,” Trump said Tuesday.
However over the past 24 hours, Powell has become increasingly aware of the difficulties she may have faced getting through a Senate confirmation hearing without being grilled about her work at Goldman, according to one source briefed on the matter.
This particular person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Powell was concerned about lawmakers, such as longtime Wall Street critic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, trying to paint her as someone linked to big business “fat cats.”
A source close to Powell had previously told CNBC in which she was also happy working at the bank.
Before her stint within the Trump White House, Powell led Goldman’s Impact Investing Business as well as also the Environmental Markets Group for almost a decade. After she left the administration, she joined the firm’s management committee as well as also is actually responsible for strengthening Goldman’s foreign relationships.
Powell made key alliances during her time within the White House.
Powell became close with the president’s elder daughter, Ivanka Trump, as they formed an alliance during the early stages of the Trump administration.
Haley, once a close colleague of Powell’s, was also known to be friendly with Ivanka Trump as well as also her husband Jared Kushner.
Haley praised the couple during her resignation announcement Tuesday. “I can’t say enough not bad things about Jared as well as also Ivanka,” she said. “Jared is actually such a hidden genius in which no one understands.”
In a tweet after Haley declared she might be leaving, Ivanka Trump said in which she was “grateful for her [Haley’s] friendship.”
Powell as well as also Haley apparently also have a close relationship.
The outgoing U.N. ambassador tweeted a photo of herself, Powell as well as also others spending time together in Haley’s home state of South Carolina.