Nikki Haley resigns as UN ambassador for the United States

Henrietta Strickland
October 9, 2018

US President Donald Trump has accepted Nikki Haley's resignation as US ambassador to the United Nations, US media reports.

Ms. Haley, the former governor of SC, will depart the envoy role after representing the United States on the Security Council since January of 2017.

In turn, Trump credited Haley with bringing glamour to the U.N. Ambassador's post while lavishly praising her for doing a "fantastic job".

Speaking to reporters in the Oval office, Trump said Haley would leave the administration "at the end of the year", adding that she had done an incredible job.

"More instability in an already unstable Trump administration", Rep. We're calling on the State Department's inspector general to further investigate the nature of these gifts, determine whether they are in line with ethics rules, and ensure that employees like Ambassador Haley are fully trained on the application and importance of ethical standards. "Rather, I will respectfully speak some hard truths".

Born in 1972 in Bamberg, South Carolina, Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa rose quickly in the southern state's politics, serving in its House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011 when she was elected governor. "She is a fantastic person, very importantly, but she also is somebody that gets it", Trump said on Tuesday.

Nikki Haley is the latest in a long list of senior staff members to leave the Trump administration.

"Hopefully, you're coming back at some point, maybe in a different capacity", he said, during a press conference in the White House, alongside Haley.

"I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country".

Trump said he hopes to name a successor to Haley in the next two to three weeks. The president said that together, they had "solved a lot of problems".

In April, Haley clashed with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow over his suggestion she had suffered from "momentary confusion" when she announced that new sanctions against Russian Federation were imminent.

Trump did not offer further detail on why Haley is leaving, but her departure appears to be unusually amicable by the standards of his administration.

Haley called serving as United Nations ambassador "an honor of a lifetime", but added that it was time for her to depart the administration.

Susan Page, D.C. Bureau Chief for USA Today, said on MSNBC shortly after the presser, "So maybe Jared Kushner or Ivanka is going to be the new United Nations ambassador, with that big endorsement".

Haley also pointed to her work with Jared Kushner, Trump's special adviser and son-in-law, on the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

CNN has referred to her as "the breakout star" of Trump's cabinet.

"No, I'm not running in 2020" for president, she joked. "It's not diplomatic, and they find it amusing". That would be political suicide and she knows it.

Haley's tenure as USA ambassador hasn't been without controversy. At the same time, Haley lost on key policy debates, including a further reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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