During a phone call with President Trump on Thursday, Dina Powell told him she did not want to be on his short list to replace United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, people with knowledge of the matter told The Wall Street Journal.
Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive, was Trump's deputy national security adviser in the first year of the his administration, and she's close with Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Many of Trump's aides are encouraging him to choose another woman to replace Haley, in the hopes that will help Republicans during the midterm elections next month, three people familiar with the matter told Politico. The list reportedly includes Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Kelly Knight Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada; and former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte. A Pew Research Center poll conducted late last month shows 63 percent of women disapprove of Trump's job performance, while 30 percent approve. Catherine Garcia