Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Nikki Haley resigns as United Nations ambassador, Trump accepts

Haley is the latest in a string of high-profile firings and resignations from the Trump administration Haley is the latest in a string of high-profile firings and resignations from the Trump administration
Celia Hoffman | 09 October, 2018, 21:34

US president Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of former SC governor Nikki Haley as his ambassador to the United Nations (UN).

In turn, Trump credited Haley with bringing glamour to the U.N. Ambassador's post while lavishly praising her for doing a "fantastic job". He said that she had done a "fantastic job" and would leave at the end of the year.

The decision was announced to reporters by President Trump in a joint Oval Office appearance with Haley. He held a press conference inside the Oval Office and spoke about her in glowing terms, declaring she was "special to me", and even raised the possibility she may rejoin the Administration later "in a different capacity". According to Swan, Haley told Trump she wanted to resign during a conversation with him last week.

Haley's first book, released in 2012 when she was governor of SC, was part of her launch as a national figure within the Republican party, and led to talk that year she might join the GOP ticket with Mitt Romney. "With all due respect, I don't get confused", Haley said in a written statement.

Haley said she would remain in her post until the end of the year. "Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do", Haley said. "They know that if we say we're going to do something, we follow it through", she said.

Trump did not offer further detail on why Haley is leaving, but her departure appears to be unusually amicable by the standards of his administration.

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Last month Haley wrote an op-ed article in The Washington Post discussing her policy disagreements but also her pride in working for Trump.

Anyhow, Axios was the first to report President Donald Trump had accepted Haley's resignation. Haley told reporters she will be campaigning for the president in 2020, quashing speculation that she might chart her own political course challenging the president.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) raised that story with MSNBC shortly after Haley's resignation. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election'. "She has made our state [and] nation proud!"

In April, Mrs Haley clashed with the White House when a Trump aide suggested she had prematurely announced a round of sanctions against Russian Federation.

The watchdog group, citing Haley's 2017 financial disclosures, said Haley and her husband accepted seven flights on luxury private aircraft from three SC businessmen, but that Haley claimed the flights qualified for an exception based on a personal relationship with the giver. It would be a blaring siren to grassroots righties that she's not willing to fight for a conservative under siege by the left.

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