U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is resigning, she and President Donald Trump announced, stirring speculation in the White House and beyond about the timing and reasons for the latest Trump shake-up just weeks before the November midterm elections.
The news blindsided many congressional Republicans involved in foreign policy matters, and some key U.S. allies did not get advance word from Haley or the White House. Haley, who is not personally wealthy, hinted in her resignation letter to Trump that she is headed to the private sector.
“I have given everything I’ve got these last eight years,” she said, referring to her six years as South Carolina governor as well as her time at the U.N. “And I do think it’s good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it.”
There has been speculation that Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and one of the highest-profile women in the administration, will return to government or politics at some point.
“No, I’m not running in 2020” for president, she joked, quickly adding that she would be supporting Trump.
Haley has two children to put through college and the potential to make much more money in the business world.
Haley reported owing between $500,000 and $1 million on financial disclosures filed as part of her nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The debts included a personal mortgage of between $250,001 and $500,000, according to the report she filed with the Office of Government Ethics.
The decision to announce the latest shake-up came less than a month before the elections, even as the White House has made a concerted effort to hold off on major changes — at the Justice Department and elsewhere — before then.
Trump was asked why the announcement was made now since Haley is staying until the end of the year.
Instead of answering directly, he recounted how she has had to work on tough issues, such as Iran and North Korea. White House officials had sought to put a hold on record-setting administration turnover in the run-up to the Nov. 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.
A rookie to international politics, the former South Carolina governor was an unusual pick for to be U.N. envoy. At the U.N., she helped spearhead the administration’s efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the international body, and address U.S. tension with its European allies and with Iran and North Korea.
“It was a blessing to go into the U.N. every day with body armor,” Haley said, saying her job was to defend America on the world stage.
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.
See some highlights of Ambassador Hailey’s short term below.
At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017
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October 9th, 2018