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Nikki Haley announced her resignation Tuesday as President Donald Trump’s U.S.ambassador to the United Nations.
WASHINGTON — Nikki Haley has resigned as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sending a jolt through the foreign policy world and disrupting President Donald Trump’s team shortly before the midterm elections.
She will stay in her position until the end of the year.
During a news conference at the White House on Tuesday morning, Trump sat alongside Haley and heavily praised her, saying she’s “done an incredible job” and is “a fantastic person.”
“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, but maybe in a different capacity. You can have your pick.”
Trump said that Haley informed him about six months ago that she would want to “take a break” at the end of her first two years, adding that he will nominate a successor within the next “two or three weeks” or “maybe sooner.”
As to why she is leaving, Haley said that she wants the president to have “the strongest person to fight” and that she believes “it’s good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it.”
“It has been an honor of a lifetime,” she said. “You know, I said I am 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. It has really been a blessing and I want to thank you for that.”
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, was an early critic of then-candidate Trump before joining his administration. She has been a forceful presence at the U.N., and recently oversaw the U.S. withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council.
The resignation was closely held and came as a surprise to many in the field. “What?? Nikki Haley? No, I am amazed,” one veteran Republican foreign policy hand who has advised Haley said.
Haley had said in April that her relationship with Trump is “perfect.”
Haley said that in the the two years she has served as ambassador, the U.S. is now “respected” even if some “countries may not like what we do.” She also said the “U.S. is strong again.”
Haley shut down speculation that she will run against Trump for president in 2020.
“I’m not running for 2020,” she said.
“I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one,” Haley added, gesturing to Trump. “So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”
Several lawmakers commended Haley’s tenure as U.N. ambassador.
“Ambassador @nikkihaley has done an outstanding job as United States Ambassador to the United Nations and showed a level of effectiveness rarely seen by someone in this position,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Haley “has been a clear, consistent, and powerful voice for America’s interests and democratic principles on the world stage. She challenged friend and foe to be better.”
“I am saddened that she is leaving the administration, but so grateful for her service. Thank you, Nikki,” Ryan tweeted.
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