President Donald Trump, Nikki Haley

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Trump: Former Aide Dina Powell Under Consideration To Replace Nikki Haley As UN Ambassador

October 09, 2018 - 4:38 pm

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/AP) -- President Donald Trump said Tuesday that former aide Dina Powell is under consideration to replace departing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he has heard his daughter Ivanka Trump's name discussed for the post. He said she would be "incredible" in the role, but he knows if he selected her, he would be accused of nepotism.

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.

Richard Grenell, U.S. Ambassador to Germany who was a long-serving U.S. spokesman at the U.N. As to Ivanka Trump, Wagner says, "I think that's less likely."

Trump and Haley announced Tuesday that she will be departing the administration at the end of the year. The timing of the announcement was surprising, coming just weeks ahead of the midterm elections.

Haley announced her resignation earlier Tuesday, blindsiding many administration officials and stirring speculation in the White House and beyond about the timing and reasons for the latest Trump shake-up just weeks before the November midterm elections.

Haley, a former South Carolina governor, has been with the administration since the beginning. She was appointed to the U.N. post in November 2016. Just a couple of weeks ago she was by the president's side in New York for his meetings at the United Nations.

Haley is 46 years old and says she has no immediate plans.

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