The United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, UN, Nikki Haley will resign from her position at the end of the year.
POTUS, Donald Trump made the announcement on Tuesday at the Oval Office. Haley told reporters she will not run in 2020 and instead campaign for the president, quashing speculation that she might chart her own political course challenging him.
According to the CBS, Mr. Trump, meeting with Haley in the Oval Office, informed reporters Tuesday Haley had told him about six months ago that she wanted a break. The president said Haley has been “very special” to him, they hate to lose her, and the two will be in constant touch. Mr. Trump said hopefully Haley can come back to his administration, adding, “You can have your pick.”
Haley, for her part, said the post had been an honour of a lifetime. Haley said the U.S. is strong again in a way the nation should be proud of. Haley also said nothing is set in terms of where she will land next. Haley said “there’s no personal reason” for her impending departure, it’s just “very important” for government officials to know when it’s time to step aside and let someone else rotate in with renewed energy.
Haley’s impending departure came as a shock to Washington, amid crucial times for foreign policy, and one month ahead of November’s midterms. Axios first reported Haley’s resignation.
Haley has charted her own course during the Trump administration, backing the president but also admitting in a recent op-ed that sometimes she disagrees with him. Her op-ed was a response to an anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times from someone who identified as a senior administration official. Haley’s op-ed was headlined, “When I challenge the president, I do it directly. My anonymous colleague should have, too.”
“I, too, am a senior Trump administration official,” Haley wrote in her op-ed. “I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country. But I don’t agree with the president on everything. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.”