US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley resigns

Nikki Haley and others in the U.S. delegation listen as President Donald Trump speaks at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan on Sept. 25 2018. Haley resigned her post as ambassador on Oct. 9

Nikki Haley and others in the U.S. delegation listen as President Donald Trump speaks at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan on Sept. 25 2018. Haley resigned her post as ambassador on Oct. 9

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned, a personal familiar with the situation said on Tuesday, and the White House said she would appear with President Donald Trump at an event later in the morning. Haley said she is not running for the presidency in 2020, and plans to campaign for Trump. "They like her, except for maybe a couple, but that's normal", said Mr. Trump.

A former governor of SC who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley is a rising star in the Republican Party and is often mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2020 presidential elections. Haley has been a firm and articulate voice at the world body on behalf of Trump's "America First" approach to foreign policy. Elected as the state's first female governor in 2010, she was in her second four-year term when Trump picked her. Countries might not like what we do, but they respect what we do. "They get that the president means business and we follow through with that". "We've solved a lot of problems and we're in the process of solving a lot of problems", he said.

The administration has a list of names and Mr Trump expected a decision in "two or three weeks" in naming a successor.

Mrs Haley was a strident critic of Russian Federation and Syria at the United Nations, and also fiercely critical of what she claimed was the global body's anti-Israel bias. Her tenure at the United Nations has been marked by her strident campaign against Russia, Iran and Syria. "I am proud of our record". The timing of the departure seems abrupt and shocked some of the administration's senior foreign-policy officials.

Haley, who has been one of Trump's most trusted advisers, would not confirm the report to Reuters when asked about it during a visit to the White House on Tuesday.

She was also instrumental in pressuring China to support a tough sanctions regime against North Korea.

Richard Grennell, the current United States ambassador to Germany, is also among the names mentioned in the USA media as a possible replacement. From 2001 to 2008 under then-President George W. Bush, Grinnell was director of communications and public diplomacy, making him the longest serving USA spokesman at the worldwide agency ever. He filled the position as a recess appointee in 2005 and 2006.

"She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together".

There has been frequent speculation that Haley harbours her own presidential ambitions, however she has repeatedly insisted that she was focused on the job at hand, not future opportunities.

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