Nikki Haley has resigned her position as Ambassador to the United Nations. She will continue through the end of the year, tightening the timetable to find her replacement. The President has said he will make an announcement in two or three weeks, perhaps sooner.
The President’s choice will have an impact on the elections thanks to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation debacle because it’s a position that must also be confirmed by the Senate.
If the President moves someone who has already been confirmed, it’ll be a moot point. He may do that depending on whether at the time the wounds from this last confirmation are deemed better closed or better to reopen.
If Republican strategists feel they can put up someone popular that the people want confirmed, it’s likely they will ask the President to take that into consideration. One name that’s been floated multiple times is Ivanka Trump, but that would likely backfire. It could prompt Democrats and Independents to want to pry into the First Daughter’s past in order to gain dirt on her controversial father.
The thought of a confirmation battle over a non-cabinet position that turns ugly could be used to drive GOP voters to the polls to protect the President’s choice, but it could also be spun as another reason the Democrats need control over the Senate. Again, it all depends on the sentiment at the time the decision is announced.
U.N. Ambassador, who does not report directly to the President, was not a high-profile position until Haley put her role and efforts in the spotlight. Will it return to its lower level or continue to be a focal point approaching Secretary of State in importance? It’ll all depend on who the President chooses and how the confirmation goes.