Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
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Nikki Haley to Resign as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley to Resign as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017.

"She's done a fantastic job, and we've done a fantastic job together", Trump said, adding that Haley has been "very special to me".

The announcement was news to many congressional Republicans involved in foreign policy matters, and some key US allies did not get advance word from Haley or the White House.

The reasoning behind her resignation is not yet known. He said of the Trump administration: "I'm convinced that there's a lot of fakery going on right now, in terms of what's being done versus what is said to be done".

The move will raise speculation about her political future.

She said that since the 2016 presidential election the United Nations had started to "respect" the U.S. again.

Teasing an announcement in the Oval Office this morning, Trump called Haley "my friend".

White House officials had sought to put a hold on record-setting administration 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.

With news of Nikki Haley's surprise departure from her role as ambassador to the U.N., Republican lawmakers and other ambassadors took time to praise her leadership and "moral clarity" in her Cabinet role.

Trump said Haley first discussed leaving the administration with him six months ago. He insisted later that the delegates were laughing with him, not at him.

Though Haley advanced Trump's policies, she occasionally made public statements at odds with the White House and the president she served.

"It has been the honor of a lifetime", Haley said.

"So Nikki, I just wanted to tell you we'll miss you", he said.

Mrs Haley was confirmed as USA envoy to the United Nations in January 2017. She cited USA action on Syrian chemical weapons, trade deals, the arms embargo in South Sudan, U.N. sanctions against North Korea, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Haley has since responded that she intends to vote and campaign for the President in his 2020 reelection bid.

Haley, who has been one of Trump's most trusted advisers, would not confirm the report to Reuters when asked about it during a visit to the White House on Tuesday.

"It was a blessing to go into the United Nations with body armor every day and defend America", she said.

"I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country", Ms Haley wrote. Haley's name quickly rose to the top when it came to potential authors of the op-ed - given her well-established independence within the administration - but she issued perhaps the strongest rebuke of the author in an op-ed of her own.

"Nikki Haley has been a clear, consistent, and powerful voice for America's interests and democratic principles on the world stage". The former Republican governor of SC has been known to clash with Trump's views on several issues.

Ms. Haley, the former governor of SC, will depart the envoy role after representing the United States on the Security Council since January of 2017.

CREW reports that all three men donated to Haley's campaign when she was running for re-election to be governor of SC.

The daughter of immigrants from India, Haley favoured free markets and global trade and earned worldwide attention for speaking out against the Confederate battle flag in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

On Monday, a watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, asked the State Department's inspector general to investigate the ethics of Haley accepting seven flights for herself and her husband on private planes owned by three SC businessmen.

As ambassador, Haley was an outspoken and often forceful envoy - someone whom foreign diplomats looked to for guidance from an administration known for haphazard and inconsistent policy positions. She had served as the Governor of SC for six years during a particularly rough time for the state and dived straight into the U.N job that she did for two intense years, and also she said there are no "personal reasons" for her leaving, she indicated it was time for her to attend more to her family, which includes two young children, Rena and Nalin.

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