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Ivanka Trump shoots down possibility of replacing Haley, after her father says she'd be "dynamite"

Last Updated Oct 9, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

President Trump on Tuesday said his daughter and top aide Ivanka Trump would be a "dynamite" pick to replace outgoing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, but fears people would accuse him of nepotism. 

Two hours later, the elder Trump daughter shot down the possibility herself with a tweet. 

"It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the president will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me," Ivanka Trump tweeted Tuesday. 

On his way to a rally in Iowa, Mr. Trump had glowing words for his daughter's capabilities. 

"I've heard Ivanka. How good would Ivanka be?" Mr. Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn, asked if he's considering Ivanka Trump hours after Haley announced she will leave her post at the end of the year. "The people that know it's nothing to do with nepotism, but I want to tell you the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite. But uh, you know I'd then be accused of nepotism, if you can believe it, right?" 

The president, asked if former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell is a possible replacement for Haley, said Powell is "under consideration." 

"Dina's certainly a person I would consider, and she is under consideration," the president said. 

Mr. Trump, seated alongside Haley in the Oval Office Tuesday morning, said he expected to select a replacement for Haley "within the next two or three weeks." The president said numerous people are under consideration, and want the job. 

The announcement of Haley's impending departure came as a surprise to many in Washington, and even top officials in Mr. Trump's national security apparatus. Multiple sources told CBS News' Fin Gomez and CBS News' Kylie Atwood that both national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were unaware that she was leaving. 

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

  • Kathryn Watson

    Kathryn Watson is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.