Nikki Haley Resigns as U.N. Ambassador

Jordan Kirkland - October 9th, 2018

Earlier today, President Trump announced that ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, a moderate voice on his cabinet, has resigned. She is set to leave her post at the end of the year.

In a taped interview at the White House, Trump praised Haley as a "fantastic person" who has "done an incredible job" and said he would gladly welcome her back into his administration down the line.

"She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together. We've solved a lot of problems and we're in the process of solving a lot of problems," Trump said.

"She told me probably six months ago, 'You know maybe at end of the year -- at the end of the two year period -- but by the end of the year I want to take a little time off, I want to take a break,'" he added.

Watch it here.

Haley's announcement comes as a surprise, and it is reported that she did not inform Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or White House national security adviser John Bolton.

 

Haley notified Trump of her decision last week. Trump said she told him six months ago she wanted time off, there are questions among senior administration aides about why Haley chose this moment -- four weeks before midterms, and right after a bruising political battle involving gender -- to take her leave.

 

Haley called serving as UN ambassador "an honor of a lifetime," but added that it was time for her to depart the administration.

 

"There's no personal reason," she said, explaining her rationale for departing. "It's very important for government officials to understand when it's time to step aside."

 

Haley has been vocal about term limits, believing that officials should know when to step down.

 

 

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