Top Trump Staffer to Leave the White House Not Even One Year In

Former Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell, who joined Donald Trump’s administration last January as an adviser on women’s issues to Ivanka Trump and rose quickly to become deputy national security adviser with a heavy hand in Middle East issues, will be departing the administration early next year.

A firm end date has not been decided on, a White House official said, but Powell is likely to leave in January or early February.

Dr. Nadia Schadlow, a deputy assistant to the president who works on the National Security Council, is seen as Powell's likely successor, the White House official said. Schadlow has been deeply involved with Trump's forthcoming national security strategy plan.

Powell, a former official in the administration of George W. Bush, relocated from New York City to Washington to join Trump’s team. She forged a quick and close relationship with the president's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner as well as with H.R. McMaster, who became national security adviser in February after the ouster of Michael Flynn.

Powell was also closely aligned with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who earlier this year was seen as a potential replacement for Tillerson. Outside advisers to Trump involved in foreign affairs often discussed a potential game of musical chairs that would move Powell to the U.N. post, if Haley was appointed to head the State Department. But in recent weeks, CIA Director Mike Pompeo has come to be seen as the likely replacement for Tillerson, leaving no potential opening for Powell at the U.N.


The announcement of her exit marks the first confirmed departure of what many people close to the administration expect to be a mass exodus in the early part of next year.