Nikki Haley resigns as USA ambassador to the United Nations

Larry Hoffman
October 10, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has accepted her resignation and Ms Haley will be leaving at the end of the year. Haley also reported debt on two credit cards as liabilities, one with between $10,000 and $15,000 owed on it, the other with $15,000 to $50,000 owed. She touted achievements of the Trump administration on foreign policy and said America is "respected again".

Trump later told reporters he would consider selecting former Goldman Sachs executive and White House adviser Dina Powell to replace Haley, and shot down speculation he would put his daughter Ivanka in the role.

Haley, 46, was appointed to the U.N. post in November 2016 and last month co-ordinated Trump's second trip to the United Nations, including his first time chairing the Security Council. An April Quinnipiac University poll found 63% of voters approved of her job performance, compared with 17% who disapproved. According to Swan, Haley told Trump she wanted to resign during a conversation with him last week. The two had worked together at the United States mission to the UN during the George W. Bush administration.

Haley, a former governor of SC, had been an early and frequent critic of Trump, so when he named her the envoy to the world body weeks after his election in November 2016, the appointment was seen as an olive branch. Fayad is considered a moderate leader with close ties to former Israeli and American officials, and Haley's actions against him were seen as too harsh by some mainstream supporters of Israel in the United States. She thanked the president, as well as first lady Melania Trump and the president's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom she singled out as a "hidden genius" who had done significant behind-the-scenes work. She said she would be supporting Trump.

Haley's departure marked one of the rare examples of a senior Trump administration official making a graceful exit.

In the hour after word leaked on Tuesday morning that she was leaving, the Washington punditocracy had worked itself into a lather wondering if she was being fired or eased out because she was constantly challenging Trump on issues such as sanctions on Russian Federation (on which she is a hardliner) and wanted to run against him in 2020.

Haley said that the post had been an honor of a lifetime, but felt like she needed to step aside after serving six years as the governor of SC and nearly two years as the United Nations ambassador. Haley and Trump tangled before he won the 2016 presidential race.

Haley is a former SC governor who is speculated to have aspirations for higher office.

Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations
Reports: Nikki Haley Resigning as U.S. Ambassador to U.N.

As governor, she developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided SC through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church.

"I've heard a lot of names".

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Referring to women whose accusations brought down powerful men, like movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Haley said: "I'm proud of their strength".

Haley has long taken a tougher public stance on Russian Federation than Trump, who has sought better relations with President Vladimir Putin.

She was also instrumental in pressuring China to support a tough sanctions regime against North Korea. Trump then decided not to go ahead with the move.

She became a conservative hero for delivering powerful speeches defending America's interests. Trump said he would name a successor within the next two or three weeks.

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