President Trump on Tuesday accepted Nikki Haley's resignation as US ambassador to the United Nations, marking a sudden and unexpected end to the tenure of one of the administration's most prominent figures. She was governor of SC when President Donald Trump offered her the job of ambassador to the UN.
With Haley sitting at his side, Trump told a crowd of reporters that she will be leaving at the end of the year, explaining that her job as ambassador allowed her to get to know numerous other global players and world leaders. She will leave at the end of the year, he said.
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"Hopefully you'll be coming aback to me at some point, maybe in a different capacity".
"She has done an incredible job", Trump said, calling her "somebody that gets it".
The daughter of immigrants from India, Mrs Haley was a frequent and early critic of Mr Trump during his election campaign whilst she served as the Republican governor of SC.
"I don't have anything set on where I'm going to go", Haley said, adding that "it has been the honor of a lifetime" to serve as United Nations ambassador.
"Now the United States is respected".
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"Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do", she said. "We've solved a lot of problems and we're in the process of solving a lot of problems", Trump said.
Even so, Haley has been a strong advocate of Trump's foreign policy.
In September, Haley wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post declaring she "proudly" works in the Trump administration but doesn't always agree with him. Trump teased an announcement less than an hour before his appearance with Haley, after news organizations began reporting she would resign. She stated that she's not running for president in 2020; she vowed to campaign for Trump.
It is the latest shake-up in the turbulent Trump administration just weeks before the November midterm election.
"I don't agree with the president on everything", Haley wrote in her September 7 op-ed.
It is not immediately clear what prompted the move. Her resignation seems to be have received well by the president - she at least wasn't fired by tweet, like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, or bashed to the press. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Update: Here's Haley's resignation, dated ... last Wednesday. Haley reported the flights on her 2017 public financial disclosure statement, saying the donors all were personal friends, and therefore exempt from federal rules on accepting such flights. She and Trump have never butted heads, at least publicly, though there has been friction - she once said that his sexual assault accusers should be heard out.