Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Nikki Haley Resigns as United Nations Ambassador

Brendan McDermid  Reuters FILE Brendan McDermid Reuters FILE
Andrew Cummings | 10 October, 2018, 03:55

In a tweet, the president teased a "big announcement" Tuesday morning and referred to Haley as his "friend". She was re-elected on November 4, 2014.

Meanwhile, Haley told reporters she has no plans to run for office in 2020, rejecting speculation that popped up nearly instantly on social media. 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.

United States President Donald Trump announced the news Tuesday as he accepted her resignation.

The daughter of Indian immigrants from Punjab, Haley was the first woman tapped by Trump for a top-level administration post during his transition to the White House.

The former governor of South Carolina, Haley took the diplomatic job with little experience in foreign policy, but quickly became the full-throated voice at the United Nations for the often unpopular Trump agenda.

But Haley has also sometimes distanced herself from Trump. She's repeatedly insisted that she is focused on the job at hand, not future opportunities.

Trump, she said, is "showing the rest of the world we will put our embassy where we want to put our embassy". "She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together". The White House will pick a successor in two to three weeks, the president said. Kushner said when Powell's departure was announced that she would "continue to play a key role in our peace efforts".

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Trump said Haley told him six months ago she wanted to "take a break" by year-end. Before, it used to say she was ambassador to the United Nations, now it says nothing.

Powell served in the Trump White House for nearly a year before leaving her job as deputy national security adviser to return to Goldman Sachs in January 2018. There's nothing that will stop the Trumps from trying despite this, of course.

Haley's is also the first major administration exit since that anonymous New York Times op-ed in which a still-unknown "senior administration official" talked about how officials were working to check Trump's impulses and even undermine him in certain ways.

"No I'm not running", she said emphatically.

The former SC governor was chosen by President Trump soon after his inauguration and confirmed to serve as United Nations ambassador just four-days after he took office.

The president left open the possibility of Haley returning to the administration, saying she would be welcome in any capacity. Prior to becoming governor, she represented Lexington County in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.

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.

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