Who will replace Nikki Haley as USA ambassador to the UN?

Jorge Cabrera  Reuters

Jorge Cabrera Reuters

Haley, the former governor of SC, has been a fierce advocate for Trump's policies at the U.N. She said Tuesday that in the past two years, the US had become respected on the world stage, if not necessarily liked.

Haley is the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the administration, such as former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who was sacked in March, and Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, who left in August 2017. How about (1) she is not qualified and (2) we are or should aspire to be a democracy, and not a monarchy or a House of Cards-like tv show?

On Tuesday, in a surprise Oval Office announcement, President Donald Trump said that Haley planned to step down by year's end.

"I don't have anything set on where I'm going to go", Mrs Haley said.

"I've heard Ivanka. The people that know, it's nothing to do with nepotism". I mean, I wonder why, but it is.

His daughter's possible move comes amid ongoing speculation she and husband Jared Kushner have been sidelined by more conservative members of her father's administration. "She's made it a more important - more importantly, a more important position".

Another theory: Ms Haley is carving out her own path for a presidential bid. The former Republican governor of SC has been known to clash with Trump's views on several issues.

President Trump said she has done an incredible job and he will hate to lose her.

As U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Haley traveled to Africa and Central America.

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 Russian Federation were imminent.

"With all due respect, I don't get confused", Haley said.

After an anonymous US official published an op-ed last month declaring that there was an internal resistance to Trump's policies, Haley published her own op-ed in the Washington Post declaring her fealty to the president.

Trump, she said, is "showing the rest of the world we will put our embassy where we want to put our embassy". "I can promise you what I'll be doing is campaigning for this [president]".

"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose (you)", Trump said. "And they've never seen anything like it, so there's a respect there". Prior to becoming governor, she represented Lexington County in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.

Haley made zeroing in on Iran a flagship part of her role as United Nations envoy. Grenell is close to National Security Adviser John Bolton whose position is strengthened with the exit of Haley.

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