Dina Powell out as contender for UN post

Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former aide to President Donald Trump, has withdrawn her name from consideration to replace outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, according to two people familiar with her decision.

Powell, the former deputy national security adviser, had been seen as the White House’s top pick for the job after Haley announced on Tuesday that she would step down at the end of the year. She informed Goldman Sachs executives of her decision on Thursday, a source at the firm told POLITICO.

A mother of two young children, Powell hesitated at the amount of travel the U.N. post would entail, though the people familiar with her decision said she strongly considered the potential offer. Powell’s Goldman executive-level colleagues also leaned on her to stay put.

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