US President Donald Trump has said he has five persons in mind, including his former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, to replace Indian-American Nikki Haley as the US ambassador to the UN.
Haley, 46, announced Tuesday she would resign from her post as the US ambassador to the UN effective at the end of 2018.
Haley’s abrupt decision left many in the White House in shock as there was no indication that she planned to leave office. Haley had submitted her resignation on October 3.
Trump said Haley would assist in the search for her replacement, and that he plans to settle on a pick in the next two to three weeks.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump identified only one person on the list.
He said Powell is on the short list of five persons.
Trump told reporters “we have actually many names. … Nikki is going to help us with the choice. I’ve heard a lot of names.”
Powell served in the first year of the Trump administration as the Deputy National Security Adviser for strategy, and was a key player in diplomatic efforts in the Middle East.
She returned to Goldman Sachs, where she worked for more than a decade, earlier this year. She also was a high-ranking official in the State Department of the previous Republican president, George W Bush, according to the Harvard Kennedy School, where she is a senior fellow.
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