Trump's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley quits, denies 2020 ambitions

Trump's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley quits, denies 2020 ambitions

Trump's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley quits, denies 2020 ambitions

Nikki Haley told Trump overnight Wednesday (NZT) she would leave the administration at the end of the year.

Haley, 46, served as South Carolina's governor from 2011 until she was nominated by Trump to the United Nations post, a move that surprised some observers given her lack of foreign policy experience.

At the United Nations, she helped spearhead the administration's efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the global body, including the USA decision to leave the Human Rights Council and to stop funding the United Nations agency for Palestinian Refugees, known as UNRWA. News reported that Haley had also informed her staff she would be resigning.

The daughter of immigrants from India, Haley favored free markets and global trade and earned worldwide attention for speaking out against the Confederate battle flag in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. "You have done a fantastic job and I want to thank you very much".

He said he would be naming her replacement in the next two to three weeks and that "very good people" were interested in taking up her role. Yet she also spoke.

'Ambassador Haley asserted that each flight qualified for an exception to the rules for gifts based on personal relationships with the donors, ' according to the letter.

Haley said she doesn't "have anything set on where I'm going to go", but "for all of you that are going to ask about 2020, no, I'm not running for 2020".

"It's been eight years of intense time, and I'm a believer in term limits".

Haley's departure marked one of the rare examples of a senior Trump administration official making a graceful exit.

"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose (you)", Trump said. Trump himself said she had informed about six months ago of her desire to step down and suggested it did not come as a surprise to him. She was re-elected in 2014.

Haley did come under some criticism early in her tenure, however, for blocking former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayad from being appointed to the position of the UN's special envoy for Libya.

"We are a better country because they are in this administration", Haley enthused of Ivanka and Jared Kushner.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley clashed with then-candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign, denouncing "the siren call of the angriest voices" who disrespected America's immigrants.

"I don't have anything set on where I'm going to go", Haley said, adding that "it has been the honor of a lifetime" to serve as United Nations ambassador.

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