Nikki Haley resigns as Trump's United Nations ambassador

Glen Norman
October 10, 2018

The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expressing "deep appreciation for the excellent cooperation and support" from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley - despite major policy differences on issues including climate change and Palestinian refugees.

Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, told AFP she was "very disappointed" by Haley's resignation, which she said learned through media reports.

More recently, there was an awkward moment at the United Nations, when Trump's boasting of American economic strength under his leadership drew laughter at a General Assembly session. "Look at what has happened in two years with the United States on foreign policy".

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez says in a statement he's "deeply concerned about the leadership vacuum" that will be created by Haley's departure.

She described Ivanka as a "great friend". It was also on her watch that Washington parted ways with the tyrant-coddling, Israel-bashing UN Human Rights Council.

Haley is a former SC governor who is speculated to have aspirations for higher office. In April she announced new sanctions against Russian Federation but White House officials suggested they were premature. Republican Congressman Mark Sanford of SC put it bluntly on MSNBC, saying, "Something doesn't smell right, something's weird".

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally tweeted that Haley "has a very bright future and will be a key player in both the future of the Republican Party and our nation as a whole for years to come".

The United States' UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is leaving the administration at the end of the year, she and President Donald Trump announced today.

During an Oval Office meeting, Haley beat back the idea that she might be preparing a 2020 primary run against Trump, saying that she will campaign with the president.

Unlike some officials, Ms. Haley didn't present herself as someone who was reining in Mr. Trump like a chaperone.

She will leave the administration "at the end of they year".

Haley also secured three successively tougher Security Council sanction resolutions against North Korea - which the administration has credited with bringing Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table - and an arms embargo against South Sudan. For a man with paper-thin skin who never forgets a sleight and who is fixated on personal loyalty, Trump's reaching out to Haley went against those very characteristics.

"We do not know who she was or what she was about, but she was a serious problem at the United Nations with her uninformed statements & her causing the isolation of US", Alireza Miryousefi, the mission's press secretary, wrote on his Twitter account. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak on the record ahead of Trump's announcement. "Her frank and clear-eyed assessments of global threats, as well as much-needed reforms at the United Nations, were in the best tradition of American leadership".

Haley reported earning $9,759 as governor in 2017, before she resigned in January to join the Trump administration, as well as a bank account with between $1,000 and $15,000 in it. She was re-elected in 2014.

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