The defense secretary has laid the groundwork for substantive changes but has yet to cement legacy-defining reforms.
Determined to stem crossings, officials are considering asking parents to choose between detention or separation.
A partial government shutdown could result as Trump pushes for more border money without a plan to get it.
With President Trump, personnel moves are often fickle and based on impulse. While White House officials described Powell broadly as a leading candidate, it “could change on a dime,” said one senior official.
The conversation between the president and Matt Whitaker was informal, and it was not clear how definitive the president’s intentions were.
The deputy attorney general could be in the hot seat again soon.
Haley said she had accomplished her goals and had reached a natural time for her departure.
“Boy, did he fold up like a wet rag, huh?” Trump said Thursday night at a rally in Minnesota.
Eight Democratic senators suggest that past FBI background checks on Kavanaugh include information about inappropriate behavior.
The president faced rare booing from Republican lawmakers when he criticized Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who was not in the room.