Nancy Brinker, the founder of breast cancer awareness organization the Susan G. Komen foundation, is reportedly under consideration for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, according to an anonymous source close to the White House who spoke with CNN. Brinker, who stepped down as CEO of the Komen foundation in 2012 amid criticism and a dramatic drop off in donations following the group’s since-reversed decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, had previously served as U.S. ambassador to Hungary and as chief of protocol during the George W. Bush administration.
According to CNN’s source, the White House has reached out to Brinker to ask if she would be open to taking on the role of ambassador to the U.N. Brinker, the source said, is considered an appealing candidate because the White House believes she would be easily fast-tracked to confirmation. Another woman once considered a strong contender for the position, Goldman Sachs executive Dina Powell, has reportedly withdrawn her name from consideration. Powell had previously served as Trump’s deputy national security adviser during his first year in office.
The current ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, abruptly announced her resignation on Tuesday, although Trump has said she will remain in her position until “the end of the year.” It is still unclear why Haley chose to step down — according to Bloomberg, her resignation “caught everyone off guard — from Chief of Staff John Kelly to Vice President Pence.”
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