Four names emerge for UN position: report

The White House has narrowed down its search for the next United Nations ambassador to four names, according to Bloomberg.

Potential nominees include Dina Powell, a partner at Goldman Sachs; Kelly Craft and Richard Grenell, the current ambassadors to Canada and Germany, respectively; and John James, a former GOP Senate candidate from Michigan, sources told the news service.

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The new list of candidates come after State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert withdrew her nomination for the post over the weekend. Nauert, who was reportedly favored by President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE, was to replace former Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months MORE in the job. Her decision to withdraw followed reports that she once employed a nanny who wasn’t authorized to work in the U.S.

Both Powell and Craft are well-connected within the Trump administration. Powell previously served as Trump’s deputy national security adviser, while Craft is married to billionaire Joe Craft, a Republican fundraiser and coal executive.

James, who ran for a Michigan Senate seat but fell short in his attempt to unseat Democrat Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenate Democrats accuse administration of burying climate change reports Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Conservatives offer stark warning to Trump, GOP on background checks MORE, is also well-liked within administration's circles and has been considered for other jobs, according to Bloomberg.

Trump’s elder daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico 2020 is not a family affair, for a change MORE is another name that has been floated as a potential candidate for the position. Sources told Bloomberg that she is still being considered as a backup candidate if no front-runner emerges.