Trump’s U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Quitting in January, Denies 2020 Ambitions

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced on Tuesday she is resigning, and immediately denied she was preparing to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Sitting beside Trump in the Oval Office, Haley said her 18-month stint at the United Nations had been “an honor of a lifetime” and said she would stay on until the end of the year.

Haley, 46, is the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the administration, such as former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was fired in March, and Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, who left in August 2017.

Describing her time at the United Nations as “fantastic” and “incredible,” Trump said he had accepted Haley’s resignation and would name her successor within two or three weeks.

A former governor of South Carolina who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley is a rising star in the Republican Party and is often mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2020 presidential elections.

But she said on Tuesday she would not be running and would campaign for Trump. “No, I am not running for 2020.” she said.

Echoing previous statements from Trump, Haley said the United States under his presidency is now respected around the world.

“Now the United States is respected. Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do. They know that if we say we’re going to do something, we follow it through,” she said.

Haley has been the face of Trump’s “America First” policy at the United Nations, steering the U.S. withdrawal from several U.N. programs and ardently defending his hard-line policies against Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs.

“She has done an incredible job. She is a fantastic person, very importantly, but she also is somebody that gets it,” Trump said on Tuesday. She told Trump around six months ago that she was thinking of quitting by the end this year “to take a little time off,” he said.

“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,” he said.

Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, Axios news site reported.

Her U.N. counterparts described her as charming and yet very tough. She saw herself as a fighter.

“I don’t see (my role) as pushing an ‘America First’ policy, I see it as defending America because every day I feel like I put body armor on. I just don’t know who I’m fighting that day,” Haley told Reuters earlier this year.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland; Additional reportng by Doina Chiacu, Makini Brice, Susan Heavey and Lisa Lambert in Washington and Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Robert Aldrich
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There are not many women right now in politics I would currently vote for, but Haley is a winner!

Ami M.
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Ami M.

Nikki Haley is the brightest star in the otherwise dark and counter-productive environment of the UN. She has the stamina, spirit and resolve to stand up for human rights – American values that are enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America. She is also one of the very few remaining defenders of the spirit and intent of the United Nations Charter – a charter and set of goals that has long been abandoned by a body for which the acronym “UN” no longer stands for “United Nations” and increasingly proves to be Useless Nonsense at best. While… Read more »

Ami Maishlish
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Ami Maishlish

Nikki Haley is the brightest star in the otherwise dark and counter-productive environment of the UN. She has the stamina, spirit and resolve to stand up for human rights – American values that are enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America. She is also one of the very few remaining defenders of the spirit and intent of the United Nations Charter – a charter and set of goals that has long been abandoned by a body for which the acronym “UN” no longer stands for “United Nations” and increasingly proves to be Useless Nonsense at best. While… Read more »

Unicorn76
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Unicorn76

I would hope Trump offers her another high profile position. She has been a great asset to the administration. Probably, the best ambassador to the UN in recent memory.

Morte206
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I am sure Ms. Haley will be taking a bit of time to center herself and recuperate a bit from the stress of the UN. For a certainty I wish her the best of success in whatever her future endeavors might be but I surely wish those endeavors are on behalf of this great country in this administration and beyond.

Phoenix
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Bummer. I like Nikki Haley. She is one Republican I’d feel pretty good about voting for in any election so I’m hoping this isn’t the last we hear from her.

Otis
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I hate to hear this, but I still like her. Maybe she has bigger fish to fry. The U.N. Is certainly cooked and has been for years, practically since it’s inception.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I am not happy. Perhaps she plans to run for President.

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