Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to the UN
President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador, according to two sources briefed on their conversation. The timing of her departure is still unclear.
The former South Carolina governor had served since January 2017.
President Trump announced the departure from the Oval Office where he said that she ‘has been very special to me’ and ‘is a fantastic person’ who has done exemplary work.
‘She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together,’ he said, citing the progress toward a nuclear deal with North Korea. ‘We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose [you].’
He said that hopefully, she would return in another capacity – telling her she could have her pick of jobs if she wants to come back.
‘I think she’s helped make it a much better position if you want to know the truth,’ he said of her tenure at the United Nations, where she was known for fiery speeches defending America’s interests. ‘I wonder why, but it is. I mean, she’s made it a more glamorous position. She’s made it a more important – more importantly, a more important position.’
Haley has been considered a rising star within the Republican Party and a leading candidate for president in 2020 if Trump decides not to run for reelection. She put those rumors to rest on Tuesday, though, in the joint appearance, where she said she would be campaigning for the current Oval Office occupant in 2020.
‘No I’m not running for 2020,’ she said. ‘I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.’
She successfully advocated aid cuts to nations and organizations at the UN that vote against US interests and campaigned against a General Assembly vote last year condemning the Trump administration for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, vowing to “take names” of those who supported it.
“You look at the anti-Israel bias, and the strength and courage that the president showed in moving the embassy– and showing the world we will move our embassy where we want,” she said.