- The Washington Times - Friday, December 8, 2017

The White House confirmed Friday that deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, a specialist on President Trump’s Middle East policy, is leaving her post.

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

She said Ms. Powell “will serve in the administration until early next year.”

Ms. Powell, who also served in the administration of George W. Bush, is leaving amid reports of further staff shakeups. Mr. Trump reportedly plans to replace Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Ms. Powell “has been an invaluable member of President Trump’s team.”

“She organized and drove an effort to restore our nation’s strategic competence,” he said. “Dina ensured that our integrated strategies protected the American people and promoted American prosperity. Her sage advice helped provide options to the president and her strong relationships across the U.S. government and internationally helped drive execution of the president’s decisions.”

The president’s son-in-law, senior adviser Jared Kushner, said Ms. Powell “has done a great job for the administration and has been a valued member of the Israeli-Palestinian peace team.”

“She will continue to play a key role in our peace efforts and we will share more details on that in the future,” Mr. Kushner said.

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