Before her return to Goldman, Powell was a power player within Trump’s inner circle.
Powell, who was born in Egypt and immigrated with her family to the United States, was deeply involved in working to improve the administration’s relationships with allies in the Middle East and elsewhere.
She attended the president’s first meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. She also reportedly was involved in overseeing a $200 billion investment program between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
Powell joined the administration along with Gary Cohn, a fellow former Goldman executive. Cohn, who served as Trump’s top economic advisor, resigned from the White House in March after clashing with the president and others in the administration over trade policy.
Powell became particularly close with the president’s elder daughter, Ivanka Trump, as they formed an alliance during the early stages of the Trump administration.
Haley, a close colleague of Powell’s, was also known to be friendly with Ivanka Trump and Kushner.
Haley praised the couple during her resignation announcement Tuesday. “I can’t say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka,” she said. “Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands.”
In a tweet after Haley declared she would be leaving, Ivanka Trump said that she was “grateful for her [Haley’s] friendship.”
Powell and Haley apparently also have a close relationship.
The outgoing U.N. ambassador tweeted a photo of herself, Powell and others spending time together in Haley’s home state of South Carolina