UN Ambassador Nikki Haley resigns

Leslie Hanson
October 9, 2018

"They get that the president means business, and they follow through with that".

Nikki Haley is resigning as the US ambassador to the United Nations, and will leave the Trump administration at the end of the year, she said Tuesday. Jonathan Swan of Axios reports, "President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley's resignation as UN Ambassador, according to two sources briefed on their conversation".

Even so, Haley has been a strong advocate of Trump's foreign policy. The day before Haley announced her resignation, a non-partisan government watchdog organization filed an official request calling for an ethics investigation into the now-former ambassador.

Mr Trump said Mrs Haley - who was confirmed in the post shortly after his inauguration - had told him six months ago she wanted to take some time off.

Haley said she and Trump together had "solved a lot of problems".

"Nikki Haley has set a new standard for what American leadership at the United Nations should look like", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. "I'll never truly step aside from fighting for our country".

In recent months, her star had faded a bit, with Tillerson replaced by the brash Mike Pompeo and John Bolton taking over as national security advisor.

"Now, the United States is respected", she said. "Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do", Haley said. Her stepping down comes at a unusual time, what could be considered one of the most successful moments in the Trump presidency.

"I can promise you what I'll be doing is campaigning for this one", Haley said. But she did not shy away from her policy disagreements with Trump or other senior officials.

Trump said Haley "has been very special to me" and "is a fantastic person" who has done exemplary work.

It became Haley's defining characteristic.

Trump advisers outside the White House have assumed Haley would have her own presidential aspirations at some point, but doubt she would mount a run against Trump in 2020.

"I will say this, for all of you that are going to ask about 2020, no, I am not running for 2020", Haley said. The retort quickly earned her an apology.

The resignation comes just a day after a watchdog group said Haley may have committed an ethics violation by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in flights from SC businessmen who contributed to her gubernatorial campaign. It would be a blaring siren to grassroots righties that she's not willing to fight for a conservative under siege by the left.

Indeed, she called the brash Manhattan property baron "everything a governor doesn't want in a president", and just weeks before the election, she admitted she was "not a fan" of the candidate.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said she had been "a true agent of reform" at the UN.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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