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Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will step down from her position early next year, the White House said Friday.
Powell, who took on the role in March, is among several aides expected to leave the administration following President Trump's first year in office. She is in talks to continue advising Trump from the outside.
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Powell is leaving on good terms and chose to depart on her own, according to The Washington Post, which first reported her exit.
“Dina Powell has been a key, trusted advisor in this administration,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “She has always planned to serve one year before returning home to New York, where she will continue to support the president’s agenda and work on Middle East policy.”
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The aide’s family resides in New York and did not relocate with her to D.C. when she took the job.
Powell “will serve in the administration until early next year,” Sanders said.
Officials - Departure - Loss - White - House
Still, some officials see her departure as a major loss for a White House that has struggled to secure legislative victories and has operated under the cloud of investigations on Russia's involvement in last year's election.
Powell's departure could also signal the beginning of an exodus of top administration officials at the one-year mark of the Trump presidency, which has been marked by infighting and chaos.
Secretary - State - Rex - Tillerson - Administration
Secretary of State of Rex Tillerson has been rumored to be leaving the administration in the coming weeks, part of a White House plan that would reportedly install CIA Director Mike Pompeo in his place.
Tillerson and Trump have denied the reports.
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Powell, a former George W. Bush White House official and Goldman Sachs managing director, entered the Trump administration last spring with great fanfare. She has long been linked to White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, another former Goldman...
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