On Tuesday, October 9, President Donald Trump accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley said she would be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the year. She also said she did not have any immediate plans and was not considering a presidential run in 2020.
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During the announcement of her resignation, Haley sat with Trump in the Oval Office. She spoke of her time with the administration, calling it the “honor of a lifetime.” She also added that she felt like “such a lucky girl” to have served in her post as ambassador.
She encouraged the public to “look at what has happened in two years with the United States on foreign policy.”
Continuing, she said, “Now, the United States is respected. Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do.”
She also recounted her six years as South Carolina’s governor, which led up to her two years as an ambassador. All combined, she said it had “been eight years of intense time,” in her combined positions.
“I think you have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside and allow someone else to do the job,” Haley concluded.
Trump’s Praise for Haley
During the press conference, Trump expressed much praise for Haley as someone who’s “been very special” top him.
“She’s done a fantastic job and we’ve done a fantastic job together. We’ve solved a lot of problems and we’re in the process of solving a lot of problems,” Trump said.
He also added that she’d be welcomed back later on should she wish to return.
“We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose you,” Trump said. “Hopefully you’ll be coming back at some point – maybe in a different capacity, you can have your pick.”
Reason for her Departure
It’s still unclear if there was any underlying motive for Haley’s departure. However, she did say there was “no personal reason.”
She also added, “I want to make sure this administration, this president, has the strongest person to fight.”
It is true, however, that she has clashed with the president on several viewpoints in the past. In September, she penned an op-ed for the Washington Post that even mentions that fact.
“I don’t agree with the president on everything,” she wrote. “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.”
She did also say she would be supporting Trump’s bid for reelection in 2020 though.
Speculation for the Future
Some have since begun to speculate that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, could replace Haley as the new U.N. ambassador. Haley did lavish praise on Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner during her departure announcement. However, the president has voiced concerns that he might be accused of nepotism should he appoint his daughter to the position.
Many also believe that this could lead to the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. One theory posits that Haley could replace Senator Lindsey Graham in the Senate, and that Graham would replace Sessions.
Only time will tell when it comes to what the future holds.