Who might replace Nikki Haley as UN ambassador?

Geraldine Edwards
October 10, 2018

Haley, the former governor of SC, has been among the more moderate members of Trump's administration.

Mr Trump said Mrs Haley - who was confirmed in the post shortly after his inauguration - had told him six months ago she wanted to take some time off. Wolff, in his book, claims Haley has an eye on the presidency and Trump is seen to be grooming her for a national political future.

Haley's is the latest resignation in a turbulent White House, where Trump is already on his third national security adviser and second secretary of state before even the midterm elections. But she also will be leaving public service with up to $1 million in debt.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley had always been seen as a rising star in the Republican Party which has eagerly sought female and ethnic minorities to broaden the appeal beyond its traditional white demographic. "She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together", Trump said. Last year, rumors circulated that Ivanka, the president's senior advisor, would replace Haley as United Nations ambassador if Haley were to become secretary of state.

Haley's United Nations counterparts described her as charming, yet very tough.

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"We are a better country because they are in this administration", Haley enthused of Ivanka and Jared Kushner. "It's a great position", Trump said, as he praised Haley for making the position "more glamorous" and "more important".

Haley raised eyebrows within the administration when she announced in April that Washington was going to impose sanctions on Moscow over its support of Syria's government. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election'.

Neither the White House nor Ms Haley have given a reason for her exit, which was first disclosed by Axios.

Trump said Haley "has been very special to me" and "is a fantastic person" who has done exemplary work. Trump tweeted that "The people of SC are embarrassed by Nikki Haley".

Haley has been an outspoken advocate of Trump's foreign policy.

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Haley is the latest in a long list of senior staff members to leave the Trump administration, including former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who was sacked in March.

"We're all happy for you, in one way", Trump said. "You can have your pick", he said. She also gained a reputation as a racial conciliator after leading the campaign to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House in 2015.

"Nikki Haley has been a clear, consistent and powerful voice for America's interests and democratic principles on the world stage", House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a tweet.

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