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Dina Powell tells Trump she doesn’t want UN job

Thanks, but no thanks! Former national security adviser Dina Powell removes herself from Trump UN ambassador shortlist after departure of Nikki Haley

  • Powell served as deputy national security adviser before returning to investment firm Goldman Sachs
  • President Trump said Powell was on a shortlist of about five candidates to replace Nikki Haley
  • Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, surprised the political world Tuesday when she announced she was resigning

By Associated Press

Published: 19:26 EDT, 11 October 2018 | Updated: 20:15 EDT, 11 October 2018

Former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell has told the White House that she is not interested in serving as President Donald Trump's next UN 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.

Former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell (seen above with Ivanka Trump in this April 2017 file photo) has told the White House that she is not interesting in serving as President Donald Trump's next UN ambassador

Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador to the UN, shocked the political world this week when she abruptly announced her resignation effective 2019. She is seen left next to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday

Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador to the UN, shocked the political world this week when she abruptly announced her resignation effective 2019. She is seen left next to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday

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.

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