U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, Resigns From her Position
In a surprise announcement, Nikki Haley, the acting United States ambassador to the U.N., declared that she was resigning from her post on Tuesday, October 9th. Her departure from the Trump administration is causing new questions about the stability of the White House going into the midterm elections, as well as the possibility of political aspirations for Haley herself.
Haley broke the news of her resignation during a televised meeting in the oval office with President Trump. She told the President that it had been the “honor of a lifetime” to serve as his ambassador and that she had, “given everything I’ve got” during her combined eight years of public service. In addition, Haley spoke of her wish to allow others to, “rotate in” and get the valuable experience of serving in this position.
The resignation of Haley came as a surprise to Washington, with even high-level Republican figures having no prior knowledge about her decision to step down. However, unlike most officials who leave the Trump Administration, most suspected that Haley was not leaving due a disagreement with the President or accusations of impropriety, but rather as a shrewd political move.
Haley is widely regarded as a potential Republican Presidential Candidate for either the 2020 or the 2024 elections. Her six years serving as South Carolina’s first female Governor, along with her two years of foreign policy experience as Ambassador to the U.N. have given her vital qualifications to be a serious contender for America's highest office.
The newly resigned ambassador made an effort in her meeting at the White House to quash rumors that she was planning a bid in the next election. She told reporters, “I am not running for 2020” and that she was planning on campaigning for President Trump. However, recent polling found that Haley could be a strong contender against President Trump in a Republican primary. It is much too early to say what Nikki Haley plans to do as a private citizen, but most believe that she will spend some time in the private sector to increase her finances.
Ambassador Haley both presented and championed the foreign policy of the Trump Administration, becoming an important figure in the United Nations. From announcing the relocation of the American Embassy in Israel to imposing further sanctions on Russia, Haley was the face of these, and many other consequential decisions made by President Trump. She was a trusted figure to many world leaders and was seen as a reliable and tough policy maker.
Haley was also known for her willingness to break with President Trump on major issues. In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post, she declared that “ I don’t agree with the President on everything.” During her time as Ambassador, Haley distanced herself from President Trump’s friendliness with Vladimir Putin and said that women who accused the President of sexual impropriety had, “the right to be heard.
Despite their disagreements, President Trump warmly wished farewell to Ambassador Haley. He told reporters, “She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together...we hate to lose you.” All eyes will now be looking on whom the President decides will be the replacement for Ambassador Haley in January, when she officially leaves her post.