UN ambassador Nikki Haley to leave at end of year

09 October, 2018, 21:36 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman flanked by Egytian opposition politican Ayman Nour holds

Nikki Haley announced on Tuesday that she will resign from her post as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by the end of the year. The resignation will take effect at the end of the year, Trump and Haley said.

Haley, seen in SC and Washington circles as sharp-elbowed and ambitious, had taken particular pride in keeping distance from the daily drama of the White House.

"Thank you to [Nikki Haley] for being the strong voice [and] force America needed at the U.N. She will be missed in the administration, but I'm grateful for her service [and] dedication to our country", Sen. "It has been an honour of a lifetime". Trump even remarked that Haley had previously informed him that she would want a break at some point. She said there were no "personal" issues with her leaving her post and added that she is "not running in 2020". "I just don't know who I'm fighting that day", Haley told Reuters earlier this year.

"I expect to continue to speak out from time to time on important public policy matters, but I will surely not be a candidate for any office in 2020".

Her exit comes after she served as the temporary president of the UN Security Council for one month.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that Nikki Haley and President Trump will meet in the Oval Office on Tuesday morning at 10:30 AM.


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.

The 46-year-old, fiercely critical of Russian Federation at several United Nations meetings, announced her departure on Tuesday.

Trump also said on Tuesday his next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is happening and officials are in the process of setting it up. "Maybe a different capacity, you can have your pick". She said she would be supporting Trump.

Mr Trump said that he had a number of people "who would very much like" to run for the vacant ambassador role.

In April, Haley clashed with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow over his suggestion she had suffered from "momentary confusion" when she announced that new sanctions against Russian Federation were imminent.

But she fired back hours later telling Fox News: "With all due respect, I don't get confused". But the group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in its complaint that Haley's financial disclosure did not provide enough information to make the assertion that the flights between New York, Washington, DC, and three SC cities qualified for the exemption. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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