Monday, 10 December, 2018

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BREAKING UN Ambassador Nikki Haley resigns Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations
Gerardo Duncan | 10 October, 2018, 07:07

Trump called Haley - who first backed Marco Rubio and later Ted Cruz for the presidency - "someone who is very special to me" during their joint appearance.

"The people that know, it's nothing to do with nepotism", Trump said on the South Lawn before leaving for Iowa.

Haley, who announced her resignation alongside President Trump earlier that day, said that it's not just the president she wants to thank for the experience - she also has a deep gratitude for Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

US President Donald Trump and Haley held a quickly arranged media availability on Tuesday morning (Wednesday NZT) in the White House, shortly after Axios Jonathan Swan of Axios broke the news of her impending exit.

Haley reported owing between $500,000 and $1 million on financial disclosures filed as part of her nomination to be US ambassador to the United Nations.

Though her work at the United Nations largely reflected Trump policy, she eked out some distance from the White House.

Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran's envoy to the United Nations, said Tuesday the US's isolation in the global community had increased during Haley's tenure because of the U.S. pursuit of unilateralism, according to state-run media.

Haley also led the White House charge against the UN Human Rights Council, which Republicans, and some Democrats, have criticized for giving seats to countries with disgusting human rights records: Venezuela, China, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, among others.

"I don't get confused", Haley said in a sharply-worded rejoinder to the West Wing.

Nikki Haley, the former popular governor of SC, always seemed like a odd fit for the Trump administration. "At the beginning, North Korea was a massive problem, and now we're moving along".

And even if 2020 isn't an option, Ms Haley is only 46-years-old.

Haley's departure was also met with words of praise from other Western countries, even those the envoy sparred with during her two-year tenure.

Dina Powell, a former deputy national security adviser earlier in Trump's administration, has also been mentioned in USA media reports as a possible successor, as has Richard Grenell, now the US ambassador to Germany and formerly a spokesman for John Bolton when he served as United Nations ambassador in the early 2000s.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley clashed with then-candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign, denouncing "the siren call of the angriest voices" that disrespected America's immigrants. Nikki Haley, in the meantime, will be thinking about higher political ambitions after the Trump era sunsets.

Haley has two children to put through college and the potential to make much more money in the business world. She reported owing between $500,000 and $1 million on financial disclosures filed as part of her nomination to be US ambassador to the United Nations. The debts included a personal mortgage of between $250,001 and $500,000, according to the report she filed with the Office of Government Ethics.

She outlasted Trump's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who, unlike Haley, generated friction with Trump: on substance, on style, on mannerisms, and other matters. She was re-elected in 2014. As governor, she developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who helped lead the effort to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and helped guide the state through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church.

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