Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Nikki Haley resigns as United Nations ambassador

Nikki Haley resigns as United Nations ambassador

Ivanka was in the White House to listen to Haley explain how she will depart her role at the end of the year.

Nikki Haley has announced she will be stepping down from her role as US ambassador to the United Nations during a sit-down with President Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

Trump nominated Haley to the United Nations job in November of 2016.

Trump announced, "At the end of the year Nikki will be leaving".

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. "She is a fantastic person, very importantly, but she also is somebody that gets it", Trump said on Tuesday.

Trump said he was considering many candidates for Haley's job and that a successor would be named in two to three weeks - or maybe sooner.

A former governor of SC, she's a talented retail politician who's widely spoken of as a future female USA president. Alas, Graham is "not interested" in a Cabinet spot, an aide told CNN.

Last year, Haley blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad as the United Nations envoy to Libya exclusively because he is Palestinian.

Haley again told the president last week that she planned on resigning, but in a rare turn of events in the nation's capital, word did not leak of her intentions before she officially submitted her resignation.

She called the president's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, a "hidden genius", in particular praising his foreign policy work: "The Middle East peace plan is so unbelievably well done", she said.

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.

"No, I'm not running in 2020" for president, she joked. She was re-elected in 2014. Haley's resignation was a closely guarded secret.

On Monday, the federal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called for the State Department's inspector general to launch an ethics investigation into Haley, regarding seven free flights on private planes that Haley and her husband accepted from three SC businessmen in 2017.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Haley's leaving is "yet another sign of the Trump administration's chaotic foreign policy and setback from promoting American values and priorities". But I don't agree with the president on everything. Menendez said he is concerned about the leadership vacuum she leaves and "the national security impact of her departure at this time of continued disarray for this administration".

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