Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Nikki Haley Resigns As UN Ambassador

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Is Resigning
Patty Aguilar | 09 October, 2018, 22:10

UN Ambassador to the United States, Nikki Haley, announced her resignation on October 9 in a joint statement with President Donald Trump.

Timing of the announcement raised TV news eyebrows, coming as it does just weeks before the midterm election though Haley, widely regarded as a stabilizing influence on Trump, told reporters at a pop-up White House presser she will stay until the end of the year.

Mr Trump said that together, they had "solved a lot of problems". Haley's name quickly rose to the top when it came to potential authors of the op-ed - given her well-established independence within the administration - but she issued perhaps the strongest rebuke of the author in an op-ed of her own.

Haley's departure marked one of the rare examples of a senior Trump administration official making a graceful exit. She raised the topic unprompted, saying she knew it would likely arise.

President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement about Haley's resignation from the Oval Office at 10:30 a.m.

"I don't have anything set on where I want to go", Haley said, with the president at her side.

She has also overseen the Trump administration's hostile approach to the UN.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she plans leave her post at the end of the year.

"There's no personal reason", she said, explaining her rationale for departing.

She's helped rein in Iranian aggression, moved progress on a denuclearized North Korea, assured Israel we have her back, and overall just gained the USA more respect on the global stage.

"Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do", Haley said, adding: "It was a blessing to go into the United Nations with body armor on every day".

Earlier this year, Haley, 46, told Reuters that, "Every day I feel like I put body armor on", to protect US interests at the United Nations.

She was the first governor in the US of Asian descent, her parents having been born in India. That included a majority, 55%, of Democrats.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley had always been seen as a rising star in the Republican Party which has eagerly sought female and ethnic minorities to broaden the appeal beyond its traditional white demographic.

Mrs Haley was confirmed as United States envoy to the UN in January 2017. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Haley, 46, remains a rising Republican star who now has traditional foreign policy bona fides to add to her experience as a two-term governor.

She has been more outspoken in calling out Russian aggression than Trump, for example. She once threatened to "take names" of countries that have opposed American policy in Israel.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley alluded to Trump in denouncing "the siren call of the angriest voices" who disrespected America's immigrants. "She challenged friend and foe to be better". For all of you that are going to ask about 2020, no, I'm not running for 2020....

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