Deputy Nat Sec Advisor To Leave White House

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell will leave the White House at the beginning of next year, White House officials announced Friday.

Powell has had a central role in crafting the administration’s Middle East policy.

“Dina has been an invaluable member of President Trump’s team. She organized and drove an effort to restore our nation’s strategic competence,” National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said in a statement. “All of us look forward to continuing to work with her, as she continues to support this Administration’s efforts on Middle East peace and other issues.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Powell will continue to “support” Trump’s “agenda and work on Middle East policy” after leaving the White House to return to New York.

Powell orginally joined the administration as an adviser to Ivanka Trump and reportedly has a close relationship with her and her husband Jared Kushner.

“Dina has done a great job for the Administration and has been a valued member of the Israeli-Palestinian peace team,” Kushner said in a statement sent to reporters Friday.

Alex Pfeiffer