U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she plans leave her post at the end of the year. The decision was announced
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she plans leave her post at the end of the year.
The decision was announced to reporters by President Trump in a joint Oval Office appearance with Haley. Trump offered effusive praise for his envoy to the U.N.
“She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together,” he said. “We’ve solved a lot of problems and we’re in the process of solving a lot of problems.”
Trump said he will name a successor for Haley in the next two or three weeks. Among the names being floated in the media as a possible replacement: Ivanka Trump. (Ivanka Trump put a quick to the speculation, tweeting, “that replacement will not be me.”)
Haley thanked the president, saying that the U.S. is finally “respected” on the world stage.
“Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do,” Haley said, adding: “It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor on every day.”
“It’s been an intense time and I’m a believer of term limits,” Haley explained. “I think you have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside and allow someone else to do the job.”
Trump said Haley first informed him of her decision to leave after two years in the post, telling him that she wanted to “take a little break.”
“I think she’s helped make it a much better position,” the president said. “I think it’s become maybe a more glamorous position than it was two years ago. I mean, I wonder why, but it is. She’s made it a more glamorous position. She’s made it a more important — more importantly — a more important position.”
The president left open the possibility of Haley returning to the administration, saying she would be welcome in any capacity.
The former South Carolina governor, who is viewed by some in her party as a future presidential candidate, firmly denied she planned a challenge to Trump’s reelection.
“No, I am not running in 2020,” Haley said, adding that she will campaign for Trump in the next general election cycle.
Haley’s tenure as U.S. ambassador hasn’t been without controversy.
In April, Haley clashed with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow over his suggestion she had suffered from “momentary confusion” when she announced that new sanctions against Russia were imminent.
“With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley said.
Source: Yahoo News