Nikki Haley shocks Trump administration with resignation as UN Ambassador

Jorge Cabrera  Reuters

"I mean, when he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it".

Haley, who has been one of Trump's most trusted advisers, would not confirm the report to Reuters when asked about it on her arrival at the White House today.

Haley said that the post had been an honor of a lifetime, but felt like she needed to step aside after serving six years as the governor of SC and nearly two years as the United Nations ambassador.

For what it's worth, "Ivanka Trump laughed when she was told of the speculation", says CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta.

Both said she would serve at her United Nations post till the end of the year, by which time the President would pick a replacement in two or three weeks, possibly earlier.

Nikki Haley's resignation on Tuesday from her position as U.S ambassador to the United Nations took even those close to her by surprise.

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.

The South Carolina Congressman was referring to the recent inquiry by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - a left-leaning government watchdog that recently requested an investigation into Haley's history of accepting free flights from South Carolina businessmen. Trump added that Haley told him she wanted a break around six months ago.

Haley reported earning $9,759 as governor in 2017, before she resigned in January to join the Trump administration, as well as a bank account with between $1,000 and $15,000 in it.

At the U.N., Haley helped spearhead the Trump administration's efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the worldwide body.

"I don't have anything set on where I'm going to go", Mrs Haley said. ".I can speak for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo". But she also hinted at her disagreements with the president, saying she had a "personal conversation" with Trump about his response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia a year ago. The sudden move sent shockwaves through the foreign policy community within the Trump administration.

Nikki Haley, 46, ended her meeting with Donald Trump and the press pool after announcing her resignation by praising first daughter Ivanka Trump, and some are reading a double meaning into that choice.

"I'm a lucky girl", she said at one point.

"She got to know the players, she got to know China, Russia, and India.they like her...they respect her".

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