UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Resigning at the End of This Year

October 9, 2018, 12:06 pm EST | Share:

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Tuesday, President Trump announced the resignation at of U.N. Ambassador Haley at the end of this year. Trump referred to Nikki Haley as a “very special” person and stated that together they had “solved a lot of problems.

He also mentioned that six months ago Haley mentioned wanting some time off.

Republicans involved in foreign policy matters and some key U.S. allies were not given any advance from Haley or the White House. Haley’s resignation sparks a shake up in the Administration just weeks before the midterm elections.

No reason for the resignation was immediately provided. Haley, who is speculated to hold aspirations for higher office, said at the White House: “No I’m not running in 2020.”

Haley, 46, was appointed to the U.N. post in November 2016 and last month coordinated Trump’s second trip to the United Nations, including his first time chairing the Security Council. A rookie to international politics, the former South Carolina governor was an unusual pick for to be U.N. envoy.

“It was a blessing to go into the U.N. every day with body armor,” Haley said, saying her job was to defend America on the world stage.

At the U.N., Haley helped spearhead the Trump administration’s efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the international body. Trump said he was considering many candidates for Haley’s job and that a successor would be named in two to three weeks.

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