Trump accepts Nikki Haley's resignation as United Nations ambassador

Hannah Rogers
October 10, 2018

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. At the end of her first year on the job, Haley held up a $285 million cut to the UN's regular budget as a sign of things to come.

Just this week, a Federal Government watchdog asked the State Department to investigate Ms Haley's use of private jets in seven instances previous year.

White House officials had sought to put a hold on Trump's record-setting turnover in the run-up to the November 6 elections, with aides being asked months ago to step down or commit to stay through Election Day to avoid adding to a sense of turmoil.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced Haley will be leaving the administration at the end of the year.

But she quashed the rumor. "But then, I'd be accused of nepotism, if you can believe it", Trump complained.

Trump tweeted Monday morning about the "big announcement" with Haley in the Oval Office.

A convert to Christianity in her 20s after being raised a Sikh, Haley is popular with religious conservatives in the South. The debts included a personal mortgage of between $250,001 and $500,000, according to the report with the Office of Government Ethics.

On Tuesday, following a press conference in which the news was announced, Trump spoke with reporters and said that Haley will help with the selection process for her replacement, as well as with his 2020 reelection campaign, and noted that he and former governor of SC have become "real friends".

Haley was seen by her counterparts at the United Nations as a voice of clarity in a USA administration that often gave off mixed signals on foreign policy, diplomats say.

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At the recent UN General Assembly session, Haley took the highly unusual step for a senior diplomat of joining street protesters against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, shouting from a megaphone that the leftist leader should leave office.

But two years is a long time in the Donald Trump era.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley had always been seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, which has eagerly sought female and ethnic minorities to broaden the appeal beyond its traditional white demographic.

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She got high marks from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who spoke of his "deep appreciation". After all, she was a loud, high-profile, and vociferous critic of Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, first endorsing Florida Sen. She reported owing between $500,000 and $1 million on financial disclosures filed as part of her nomination to be USA ambassador to the United Nations.

"The fear now is whether the person who replaces her will take an even tougher line against the United Nations, especially with National Security Adviser John Bolton now in the White House", he said.

She insisted that she was going out on a high and would remain loyal to Trump.

"We are a better country because they are in this administration", Haley enthused of Ivanka and Jared Kushner.

Pompeo has led policy on talks with North Korea, while Bolton has taken the lead on trying to implement Trump's hard line against Iran. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. At the United Nations, she helped spearhead the administration's efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the global body, and address US tension with its European allies and with Iran and North Korea.

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