President Trump accepts Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador

Financial expert professor Amir Yaron

When she stepped down Tuesday as USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley became one of the only senior staff members to walk away from the White House with her reputation largely intact.

The meeting will be covered by a White House pool reporter. That would be political suicide and she knows it.

"No, I am not running in 2020", Haley said, adding that she will campaign for Trump in the next general election cycle.

She is said to have approached Trump directly with any issues since he became president, and has been widely mooted as a possible future presidential candidate. "I've only done it once, unlike a lot of people who've been out there, and came pretty close", Kerry said, referencing his 286-251 electoral vote loss to President George W. Bush.

Over the past two years, Haley became a critical voice for the White House's hardline approach against USA adversaries such as Iran and North Korea.

White House officials had sought to put a hold on record-setting administration turnover in the run-up to the November 6 elections, with aides being asked months ago to step down or commit to stay through Election Day to avoid adding to a sense of turmoil.

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

Haley gave no specific reason for leaving, saying she didn't have "anything set, ' adding that she believed in 'term limits" and letting someone else take on the challenging post.

Yet, in the wake of her resignation, two sources familiar with Haley's relationship with Trump told CNN that she had lost clout with the President in recent months. Through it all, we stood strong for American values and interests, always placing America first. He insisted later that the delegates were laughing with him, not at him. But she also hinted at her disagreements with the President, saying she had a "personal conversation" with Trump about his response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia previous year. The GOP senator said Haley "showed a level of effectiveness rarely seen by someone in this position".

Mrs Haley's Twitter bio has already removed all references to her role as United Nations ambassador.

"I'm such a lucky girl to have been able to lead the state that raised me and to serve a country I love so very much has really been a blessing, and I want to thank you for that", she told Trump. Haley's op-ed was headlined, "When I challenge the president, I do it directly".

She previously served as Governor of South Carolina, between 2011 and her promotion to the United Nations in 2017, and spent six years prior to that serving in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Ms. Haley said she was a "lucky girl" for having been able to serve as governor of SC and ambassador to the United Nations. She was re-elected in 2014.

She also gained a reputation as a racial conciliator after leading the campaign to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House in 2015.

He allowed her to address reporters from the Oval Office, a departure from the abrupt tweets Trump often uses to announce high-level staff changes.

After media reports of the impending move surfaced, Trump verified the news via Twitter with a statement identifying Haley as a "friend".

During her more than a year-and-a-half on the job, she has repeatedly spoken her mind, whether it's going further on human rights than many of her administration colleagues or denouncing racism at home.

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