Trump: Five people on short list to replace Haley as UN ambassador

Trump: Five people on short list to replace Haley as UN ambassador
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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE said Tuesday he has five people on his short list to replace Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyCoronavirus sets off industry scramble for aid from Washington Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick Overnight Defense: 'Tens of thousands' of National Guard troops could be activated for coronavirus response | Hospital ships could take week to deploy | Trump says military to help Americans stuck in Peru MORE as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Trump told reporters in his office aboard the presidential aircraft that Dina Powell, his former deputy national security adviser, is on the short list.

"Dina would love it," he said. 

Powell left the Trump administration at the beginning of the year after serving as a deputy national security adviser, where she focused on Middle East policy.

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Trump said Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, is not on the short list but he is willing to consider him for the post. Grenell is well-liked among Trump allies and White House staffers. 
 
"He is doing so well in a position that is so important," Trump said. "Rick is doing so well that I wouldn't want to move him. I'd personally rather keep Rick where he is."
 
Grenell was sworn-in to his role in May following a tense confirmation process during which Trump accused Democrats of blocking Grenell's nomination. 
 
As he departed for Iowa, Trump told reporters at the White House that his daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpPrivate equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans MORE, would make an "incredible" ambassador to the United Nations, but conceded that appointing her would lead to accusations of nepotism.
 
"I think Ivanka would be incredible," he continued. "You’d be accused of nepotism, even though I’m not sure there’s anybody more competent in the world."

Ivanka Trump, who also serves as a senior adviser to the president, tweeted a short time later that she would not be replacing Haley.
 
The president and Haley announced earlier Tuesday that she would depart her post by the end of 2018. The two portrayed Haley's departure as amicable, explaining that she wanted to "take a break" from public service.
 
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.

"I think she’s also brought a new level of prestige to that position," Trump said of Haley. "That position is — in terms of people wanting it — easier now in a way than it was before."

Updated at 6:42 p.m.