UN Ambassador Nikki Haley hands in her resignation

October 10, 2018

In a surprising turn of events, on October 9, Nikki Haley officially resigned from her position as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In an Oval Office appearance with President Donald Trump, she commented that she needed a break from public service.

In turn, Trump remarked, “She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together,”

While the two were friendly for the cameras, according to a report by The Hill, “there has been friction between the two dating back to the 2016 presidential campaign.”

Indeed, the news outlet pointed out, “Haley had recently lost a few internal debates over policy … including on the decision to allow a record low number of refugees into the United States next year.”

Haley told reporters that she had informed the POTUS of her decision as long as six months ago and would stay on until the end of the year.

While she said she is proud of her record, Haley explained, that after 14 years in public office, it is time to go.  “As a strong supporter of term limits, I have long believed that rotation in office benefits the public,” Haley said in her resignation letter, dated October 3. Between the UN Ambassadorship and [previously] serving in the South Carolina Governorship and General Assembly, I have been in public office for 14 straight years.

“As a businessman,” she told President Trump, “I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the private sector is not a step down but a step up.”

Both Haley and the president refused to rule out an eventual return to the Trump administration “in any capacity.”

Indeed, the president offered, “You can have your pick.”

Trump said he would move quickly to fill the position and that he already has a long list of people interested in Haley’s post. “I think it’s become maybe a more glamorous position than it was two years ago,” the president said. “Maybe, I wonder why, but it is. She’s made it a very glamorous position.”

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