WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would consider selecting Goldman Sachs executive and former White House adviser Dina Powell as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and he shot down speculation he would tap his daughter Ivanka for the post.
Trump spoke to reporters at the White House before departing for an event in Iowa, hours after announcing that current U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley would step down at the end of the year. He said Haley would help him make the final pick for her replacement.
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.
Speculation that Ivanka Trump would take on the post mounted after Haley praised her and her husband, Jared Kushner, in discussing her resignation in the Oval Office on Tuesday morning. But Trump told reporters at the White House before embarking on Marine One that, while Ivanka would be incredible in the role, he would face accusations of nepotism if he selected her.
Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, together through the years
Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, together through the years
Ivanka Trump speaks along side her father US President Donald Trump following a tour of the H&K Equipment Company in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania on January 18, 2018.
/ AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants of the ""Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative", among them (L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, US President Donald Trump,, the daughter of the US President Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the "Women's Entrepreneurship Finance Event" at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Patrik STOLLARZ/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to his daughter Ivanka speak during a visit to Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump walk toward Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (top L) and his wife Ivanka Trump (top C) look on as U.S. President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath-laying at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump (R), joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, his daughter Ivanka Trump and his granddaughter Arabella Kushner, gives a fist-pump when schoolchildren tell him their two goals are "college and heaven" during a visit to their classroom at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Donald Trump greets his daughters Tiffany and Ivanka during inauguration ceremonies to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump as they attend a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
(L-R) Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump attend an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka sit together as they meet with the spouses of active U.S. military members during a campaign stop in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S., September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks at a monitor with daughter Ivanka doing a sound check during Trump's walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, U.S., July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks with his daughter Ivanka on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) speaks at the opening of his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, Scotland, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump motions to his daughter, Ivanka Trump, as she takes the podium at a campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Donald Trump (C), entrepreneur and host of the television reality series "The Apprentice" poses with his wife and children (L-R) Donald Trump, Jr., Tiffany, Donald Trump, wife Melania, and daughter Ivanka at the party following the live telecast of the finale of season five in Los Angeles June 5, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Doral Golf Resort owner Donald Trump (L) poses with Britian's Justin Rose (C) and daughter Ivanka Trump after Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship PGA golf tournament at the Doral Golf Resort in Doral, Florida, March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Donald Trump (C), flanked by his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., addresses the media in Chicago May 10, 2006. Trump was in Chicago to speak about his Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago that is being built on the old site of the Chicago Sun-Times building on the north side of the Chicago River. REUTERS/Stephen J. Carrera
Donald Trump (2nd L) poses with his children Donald Jr. (L), Ivanka and Eric (R) during a news conference to mark the opening of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS)
Ivanka Trump (R) kisses her father, real estate developer Donald Trump, after a luncheon speech at the National Press Club in Washington May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS REAL ESTATE MEDIA)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American real estate magnate Donald Trump with his first wife, Ivana (nee Zelnickova) and daughter, Ivanka, 1991. (Photo by Tom Gates/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, and guests (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Real estate mogul Donald Trump wearing a Yankee baseball uniform w. children Eric and Ivanka at a Police Atletic League softball game held at Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Robin Platzer/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Robin Leach (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump during Trump Magazine Celebrates 'Going Public' with Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump at Trump Tower in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Donald Graham, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump pose for a photo during a forum on 'Washington real estate -- including plans to renovate the landmark Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue and views on property values and trends in Washington.' at Washington Post on April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the Turkish Society Annual Dinner Gala at The Plaza Hotel on October 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump and Melania Trump attends European School Of Economics Foundation Vision And Reality Awards on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for European School of Economics Foundation)
BEL AIR, CA - AUGUST 23:Donald Trump, Hayden Panettiere. actress Tiffany Trump, Ivanka Trump pos e at the Nakheel Introduces Trump International Hotel and Tower Dubai party featuring a performance by Christina Aguilera on August 23, 2008 at The Tar Estate, Bel Air, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(L-R) Real estate developer Donald Trump and his children Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Jr., attend a press conference at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago on September 24, 2008. Trump's 1,360-foot (414.5-meter), 92-story tower is expected to be finished in six months and will stand as the second-tallest building in Chicago, after the Sears Tower. AFP PHOTO/Amanda Rivkin (Photo credit should read Amanda Rivkin/AFP/Getty Images)
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