Nikki Haley resigns as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Henrietta Brewer
October 9, 2018

Haley gave no specific reason for leaving, saying she didn't have "anything set, ' adding that she believed in 'term limits" and letting someone else take on the challenging post.

With Haley sitting at his side, Trump told a crowd of reporters that she will be leaving at the end of the year, explaining that her job as ambassador allowed her to get to know numerous other worldwide players and world leaders. "And I do think it's good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it". If Haley's exit isn't imminent, why not wait till after the election so it doesn't look like the administration is shedding one of its best-liked, steadying forces?

"I don't agree with the president on everything", Haley wrote in her September 7 op-ed.

It is the latest shake-up in the turbulent Trump administration, weeks before the November midterm elections.

She backed Trump's efforts to cut off funds for the United Nations organisation that aids Palestinians and joined in his attacks on Iran.

The meeting will be covered by a White House pool reporter.


Appearing beside Haley in the Oval Office, Trump praised her and said he hoped she could come back to the administration in another capacity.

In recent months, her star had faded a bit, with Tillerson replaced by the brash Mike Pompeo and John Bolton taking over as national security advisor. She said she would be supporting Trump.

She was reportedly considered as a possible vice presidential pick by 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney. When the sanctions never materialized, White House officials said the plans had changed without Haley being briefed, and top economic adviser Larry Kudlow suggested Haley was confused.

"With all due respect, I don't get confused", Haley said. Before Trump took over the party with his nationalist politics aimed at the GOP's white male base, Haley endorsed his primary opponent, Florida Sen.

She also took credit for cutting the USA contribution to the United Nations budget, characterizing the move as moving the organization toward more efficiency.

Haley, as UN ambassador, oversaw the United States' withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council over a perceived bias against Israel.


She called her service in the administration "the honor of a lifetime". "I don't agree with the president on everything".

Haley, seen in SC and Washington circles as sharp-elbowed and ambitious, had taken particular pride in keeping distance from the daily drama of the White House.

She was reelected in 2014.

The former SC governor was tapped as ambassador to the United Nations following Trump's election win despite supporting Florida Sen.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) raised that story with MSNBC shortly after Haley's resignation. Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, these sources said.


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