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Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell Set to Leave White House

"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"

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    This Sept. 28, 2017, file photo shows Dina Powell, deputy White House national security advisor for strategy, look on as President Donald Trump arrives for a group photo with members of the National Security Council on the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

    Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell is leaving the Trump administration early in 2018, the White House announced Friday, CNBC reported.

    Powell served under National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster. Within the West Wing, Powell was considered a close ally of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. 

    "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. She will serve in the administration until early next year."

    Her departure comes two days after President Donald Trump announced a major shift in U.S. policy on the Middle East by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

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