Dina Powell no longer under in running to become UN ambassador

Dina Powell no longer under in running to become UN ambassador
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Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former Trump administration official, is no longer in the running to become President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE's next ambassador to the United Nations, a senior administration official said Thursday

Trump had openly discussed Powell as a possible successor to Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who announced on Tuesday she would resign at year's end.

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"Dina would love it," the president told reporters Tuesday inside his office aboard Air Force One. 

Powell left the White House at the beginning of the year after serving as a deputy national security adviser focused on planning and Middle East policy.

The official did not explain why Powell was no longer under consideration. But media reports earlier Thursday said she had a desire to remain at Goldman Sachs, where she currently serves on the management committee. 

Powell, who formerly served in the George W. Bush administration, was seen as a steady hand inside the Trump White House but she was also a lightning rod for criticism. 

Many right-wing Trump supporters derided her as a "globalist" whose views were not compatible with the administration. She was a close ally of Gary CohnGary David CohnOcasio-Cortez rips presence of lobbyists at orientation event Incoming Dem lawmaker fires back at Trump's former economic adviser: ‘No Gary, YOU don't know what's coming’ Ocasio-Cortez criticizes congressional orientation program for featuring CEOs over labor leaders MORE, the former Goldman Sachs president and National Economic Council chairman who faced similar criticism.  

Trump has said there are five names on his short list to succeed Haley, who has served as U.N. envoy since the president's inauguration. Trump told reporters Tuesday that Powell was on the short list, but declined to list other names.

-- Updated 7:40 p.m.