One of President Trump’s key advisers on Middle Eastern policy will leave the administration early next year, the White House announced Friday – just two days after Trump’s contentious decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The timing of her exit raises questions over how some in the administration might feel about Trump’s Jerusalem decision.
The Wednesday decision stoked international outrage, as it declares Jerusalem Israel’s de facto capital.
Officials on both sides of the aisle fear that the decision can set-off renewed fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, who have long sought East Jerusalem as its own capital.
Trump calls Tillerson ousting rumors ‘Fake News’.
Powell, who served in the George W. Bush administration, has been blasted as a “Globalist” by President Trump’s nationalist wing of supporters.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose relationship with Trump has soured over the past few months, is widely considered among those expected to resign.