Nikki Haley: US ambassador to United Nations resigns

Alicia Farmer
October 9, 2018

The former governor of South Carolina, Haley served in the post since 2017 when she was appointed by President Donald Trump. Trump, on the other hand, said that she is leaving to take a break. She will leave at the end of the year, he said. "But I will tell you that there is no hate in this country". He held a press conference inside the Oval Office and spoke about her in glowing terms, declaring she was "special to me", and even raised the possibility she may rejoin the Administration later "in a different capacity". She said she would be supporting Trump.

She initially opposed Donald Trump in the 2016 election cycle (and he trashed her in trademark tweets) before she fell in line after his victory and he picked her to be the U.S Ambassador to the United Nations, against the first person of Indian-origin to occupy a post that is part of the 15-member Presidential cabinet. For all of you that are going to ask about 2020, no, I'm not running for 2020....

"Look at what has happened in two years with the United States on foreign policy".

Trump also said on Tuesday his next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is happening and officials are in the process of setting it up.

Since taking up her post, Haley has emerged as one of the most vocal proponents of Trump's foreign policy and a darling of the pro-Israel community in the United States.

Earlier this year, Haley, 46, told Reuters that, "Every day I feel like I put body armor on", to protect USA interests at the United Nations. Also her staff, who did not get the news until this morning, according to Axios, which first reported Haley's exit.

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"Thank you to [Nikki Haley] for being the strong voice [and] force America needed at the U.N. She will be missed in the administration, but I'm grateful for her service [and] dedication to our country", Sen.

AMs Haley told the press that her time at the United Nations had been "the honour of a lifetime", but that it was important for government officials to know when the right time was to leave.

Powell was with Haley in SC over the weekend, according to a photo posted to her Twitter feed.

"I think she's helped make it a much better position", the president said. But she and the White House chose to announce this just four weeks before the 2018 election? Haley's resignation was a closely guarded secret.

There is no evidence, however, that the scrutiny of those flights had anything to do with Haley's decision to leave her diplomatic post.

First, she told Trump she wanted to be a member of the Cabinet and the National Security Council, privileges enjoyed by her predecessors in the Obama administration.

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