President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday that he has narrowed down his list of potential replacements for outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to five people, after his daugher Ivanka removed herself from consideration for the post earlier in the day.
Trump has said he’ll name a successor for Haley in the next few weeks, amid widespread speculation over who could fill her shoes.
So far, the president has revealed only one name that's definitely on his shortlist: former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, who Trump said Tuesday is "certainly a person I would consider" appointing.
Powell, who departed the White House in January, has worked as a managing director for Goldman Sachs and served as a senior official in George W. Bush's administration. She worked in the Trump White House both in her national security role and as Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives.
Still, Trump told reporters Tuesday that "we have actually many names. ... Nikki is going to help us with the choice. I've heard a lot of names."
"Rick Grenell is someone I would consider," Trump said, referring to the U.S. ambassador to Germany. But he added that Grenell was not on his shortlist of five candidates, saying he's doing well in his current post: "I’d personally like to keep Rick where he is."
Grenell spent eight years serving as a U.S. spokesman and political appointee to the United Nations under the George W. Bush administration -- making him the longest-serving U.N. appointee in history. From that role, he is known to be close with Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton, a former U.N. ambassador.
Along with Grenell and Powell, other names being floated to replace Haley include U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Hunstman and Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert.
Meanwhile, Iranian officials celebrated Haley's resignation, with the press secretary of Iran's U.N. mission saying, "there is no new sheriff in town" -- a mocking reference to Haley's comments in 2017. Haley had been a vocal critic of the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran that President Trump withdrew from earlier this year, and she has called on U.N. members to comply with newly reinstated sanctions against the regime.
Although the sanctions have devastated Iran's economy and led to widespread protests, Iranian businessmen, aided by foreign firms, have found ways to skirt some of their effects.