U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is leaving the administration. In a joint press conference, Haley joined President Trump in the Oval Office to make the announcement and answer questions. She will be staying on until the end of the year.
President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador, the two said Tuesday morning in a public Oval Office meeting. She will exit at the end of the year, Trump said.
What we’re hearing: Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, two sources said. Her news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration.
A successor is expected to be named in the next two or three weeks, perhaps sooner. At this critical time with many world events taking place, it will need to be soon. Someone will have to hit the ground running.
There will be plenty of speculation of why one of the most successful and liked senior members of the administration is leaving so abruptly. Personally, I’m quite saddened by the news as Haley was arguably my favorite.
She has the uncanny ability to quickly shift between being extremely charming and tough as nails depending on what was called for in any given situation. In her role as U.N. Ambassador, she was forced to deal with misogyny and cultural differences that are trying for anyone.
Whatever the reasoning is for this move, we may know soon or we may never know. It doesn’t matter. She’s leaving. We’ll see who’s next. Thank you, Nikki, for doing an outstanding job.
This is breaking. We will update this as more information comes available.
Nikki Haley has been a strong voice for America’s ideals and interests in an inherently hostile and often crazed forum. We are all grateful for her service. She has a very bright future
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) October 9, 2018
Prediction: Senator Lindsey Graham is going to Attorney General and Nikki Haley will replace his Senate seat in South Carolina
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 9, 2018
Me upon receiving news that Nikki Haley would be stepping down this morning pic.twitter.com/QQm9FtpaIM
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 9, 2018
I am sad to learn that Ambassador Nikki Haley is resigning. Facing an assembly of dictatorships and their apologists, history will record that she stood up for truth, fairness and human rights, and that she did so with courage, eloquence and grace. I will miss her. pic.twitter.com/fwa6FwNAyk
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) October 9, 2018