Nikki Haley Resigning as U.S. Ambassador to United Nations

Desiree Burns
October 9, 2018

Haley, who called herself a "lucky girl", said she was leaving because she needed to take time out after an intense six years as governor of SC - which included a hurricane, a major flood and mass shootings - directly followed by two years at the United Nations.

Nikki Haley, who has resigned as President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, was a virtual unknown on the national and global stage when she joined the cabinet.

And when a White House aide suggested in April this year that "confusion" had led her to mistakenly announce fresh sanctions on Russian Federation, she quickly fired back. "I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person", she wrote. "And I do think that sometimes it's good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it", Haley said.

She is said to have approached Trump directly with any issues since he became president, and has been widely mooted as a possible future presidential candidate.

It's the latest shake-up in the turbulent Trump administration just weeks before the November midterm elections.

On policy issues, Haley's influence at U.N. was blunted by a slew of recent Trump policy decisions that many other nations opposed, including recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, cutting aid to Palestinians and announcing a US withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Trump lavished praise on Haley and arranged a side-by-side talk with reporters in the Oval Office minutes after news of her sudden departure stunned political Washington.

President Trump announced Tuesday Haley would be leaving his administration "at the end of the year". The official noted that their conversation coincided with the appointment of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security adviser.

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With one child in college and another heading there soon, Haley felt like she needs to make some money, the source said. He insisted later that the delegates were laughing with him, not at him.

Haley-"as ambitious as Lucifer", in the characterisation of one member of the senior staff-had concluded that Trump's tenure would last, at best, a single term and that she, with requisite submission, could be his heir apparent, Wolff writes.

I don't remember what Haley's Twitter bio looked like before. "With all due respect, I don't get confused", Haley said in a written statement.

Haley, a rookie to worldwide politics, was an unusual pick for to be United Nations envoy. She cited USA action on Syrian chemical weapons, trade deals, the arms embargo in South Sudan, U.N. sanctions against North Korea, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

For her part, the 46-year-old Haley told reporters Tuesday in the Oval Office she is not sure what she will be doing next.

The breaking news also comes as Trump and Republicans appeared to be on the front foot when it comes to the aftermath of Brett M. Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation.

Earlier this year, Haley, 46, told Reuters that, "Every day I feel like I put body armor on", to protect US interests at the United Nations.

She thanked Trump for giving her the "honor of a lifetime" to "serve a country I love so very much". Haley's op-ed was headlined, "When I challenge the president, I do it directly". Sanford, a fellow former SC governor who has been allies with Haley in the past but is now an administration critic, said of the story: "Something doesn't smell right".

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