U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned from her role in the Trump administration, according to multiple reports.
Fox News reports,
Nikki Haley abruptly announced her resignation Tuesday as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, catching staff and lawmakers by surprise and leaving Washington guessing about the next move for one of the administration’s most prominent figures.
Speaking in the Oval Office alongside President Trump, who accepted the resignation, Haley said she would serve through the end of 2018. She preemptively sought to mute speculation she might run against her old boss, stressing that she will support Trump and will not campaign for the White House in 2020.
Haley called her time at the U.N. a “blessing,” but offered no reason for leaving other than a belief that government officials must know “when it’s time to step aside.”
Trump told reporters that Haley did “an incredible job” and is a “fantastic person.” He said she had told him six months ago that she wanted to take a break “maybe at the end of the year.”
“Hopefully you’ll be coming back at some point, maybe in another capacity,” he told her. “You can have your pick.”
Haley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, joined the administration in 2017 just four days after Trump officially took office. She had reportedly discussed leaving her position last week with Trump at the White House.
“Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30am,” Trump tweeted.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Twitter shortly after the report surfaced that Trump and Haley would meet in the Oval Office on Tuesday morning.
President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval Office at 10:30am this morning. This event will be open to the pool.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 9, 2018
H/T The Hill