United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has resigned, the latest departure from President Donald Trump‘s national security circle, a senior White House official said Tuesday.
The former South Carolina governor had served since January 2017.
Haley walked past reporters in the White House on Tuesday morning but did not comment. She met with Trump in the Oval Office at 10:30 a.m., according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, CNBC reports.
Trump and Haley spoke to the press at the Oval Office at 10:30a.m to address the resignation.
President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval Office at 10:30am this morning. This event will be open to the pool.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 9, 2018
Haley was a fierce critic of U.N. mismanagement and bias against Israel and the U.S. She secured cuts to the U.S. contribution to the U.N. fund, and pulled the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council — calling it a “cesspool of political bias,” FOX NEWS reports.
Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30am.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2018
Haley had held her post since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. Since then, she echoed Trump’s tough line towards the United Nations, and oversaw the US’ withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, which she called the UN’s “greatest failure.”
Nikki Haley has been the voice of resolve and not afraid to be blunt, her past dealings in the U.N. have been applauded and the United States will miss her tough stance and forceful truths to those nations who oppose us.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley explained to Republicans at their annual policy retreat that Russia remains an adversary, more than a year on from intelligence agency findings that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.
“Russia is not our friend,” Haley told GOP lawmakers during a dinner as they worked out their 2018 legislative agenda and drew up a game plan for the upcoming midterm elections at a resort in West Virginia Thursday.
“There may be some things we can work with them on, and we should do that where we can,” Haley said. But she added Russia “will not be our friend as long as their government has the values that it has, and as long as it conducts itself the way it does internationally.”
Nikki said that she believes in term limits and felt it was time to step down.
She also said she has no intentions of running for president in 2020 and will be campaigning for President Trump.
She will remain on board until the end of the year.
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