Saturday, 17 November, 2018

USA ambassador to UN Nikki Haley resigning; she gives no reason

Haley is the latest in a string of high-profile firings and resignations from the Trump administration Haley is the latest in a string of high-profile firings and resignations from the Trump administration
Ray Hunter | 10 October, 2018, 05:23

The US President said Ms Haley would be leaving the administration "at the end of the year". We hope she'll return to government service in due course, because she's exactly the kind of leader this nation needs.

Trump, along with Haley, made the announcement at the White House on October 9. "You have done a fantastic job and I want to thank you very much".

But Haley has also sometimes distanced herself from Trump. Compare this to another former Trump official, Corey Lewandowski, who still has "Campaign Manager for Donald J. Trump for President 2016" in his Twitter profile, and Haley's removal of her ties to Trump in her profile is notable in that it deviates from the norm of how people promote their former work on their social media profiles.

"I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley", Ivanka Trump said in a tweet Tuesday. Her news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration. Lindsey Graham tweets he expects Haley will continue to be a "key player" in their party.

Haley was appointed to the United Nations post in November 2016.

"I thank ambassador Nikki Haley for her uncompromising struggle against the hypocrisy of the United Nations", he wrote in Hebrew on his official Twitter account, wishing her success in her future endeavours. "She is a bold reformer and has been an unwavering champion of truth, principled realism and integrity within the United Nations".

"Nikki Haley served our nation with distinction, faithfully advancing President Trump's America First agenda and she will be missed", Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement.

Like all of her predecessors, Haley was constantly obstructed by Moscow and Beijing's veto at the Security Council, a tool the Russians in particular have used to bottle up the process, block United Nations reports that paint them in a negative light, and water down resolutions that would turn out far weaker than Washington would like.

Pompeo says hopes talks with Kim in Pyongyang will lead to denuclearisation
Pompeo will also visit Beijing Monday as he concludes his four-nation visit to the region. Trump promised North Korea security guarantees and "new" relations.

"I don't see (my role) as pushing an "America First" policy, I see it as defending America because every day, I feel like I put body armor on".

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

Haley's fast rise from a Southern state's legislature to the world stage suggests the 46-year-old may have greater political ambition.

Asked if she was resigning because of her family or for other reasons, Haley said she was a believer in term limits and felt like she needed to make way for someone else. "I mean, to re-do the NAFTA deal the way he did". There was a lot.

The validity and future of Ivanka's White House role have been questioned since she joined her father's administration in 2016. Trump told reporters that he has heard his daughter Ivanka Trump's name discussed for the post, but said if he selected her he'd be accused of nepotism.

"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose (you)..." Maybe in a different capacity.

However, a source told CNN that the former governor of SC shocked White House staffers with her departure notice. "You can have your pick".

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