Trump, who says a number of people want the job, is also considering the U.S. ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, for the position, a source familiar with the matter said. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is also a candidate, another source said.
Trump had been talking to Powell about the position since Haley this week announced plans to resign at the end of the year. Powell served the Trump White House earlier as a deputy national security adviser. She rejoined Goldman this year and serves on the bank's management committee.
There had been some resistance in the White House to Powell's return, and a senior administration official told Reuters earlier that she was no longer under consideration.