Trump's deputy NSA on Middle East to resign

Trump's deputy NSA on Middle East to resign

WASHINGTON - US deputy national security adviser Dina Powell is set to resign from her post early next year, the White House says.

Powell, a driving force behind President Donald Trump’s Middle East policy, will step down as part of an anticipated wave of departures following Trump’s first year in office.

“Dina Powell has been a key, trusted adviser in this administration,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Friday. “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.”

Powell “will serve in the administration until early next year,” Sanders added.

She has offered advice to Trump about his meetings with foreign leaders. She also planned all of the five trips the president made to other countries as well as his September visit to the UN General Assembly.

In addition, Powell became a prominent member of a camp of aides allied with Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Prior to joining the Trump administration early in March, Powell worked as Goldman’s global head of impact investing and president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

She also served as White House personnel director during the presidency of George W Bush, and later worked as assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs.

The resignation announcement came as some top White House officials have, so far, been fired or resigned amid controversy.

Her departure could also come as part of a staff exodus around the Trump presidency’s one-year mark, with reports that some senior officials may resign too.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for instance, is expected to resign from his post in coming weeks.

Tillerson's job security has been the subject of speculation for months, since he openly referred to Trump as a “moron” during the July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of his national security team and Cabinet members.