Nikki Haley resigns as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
Nikki Haley resigns as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is stepping down from her post
10 October, 2018, 03:09
The news blindsided many congressional Republicans involved in foreign policy matters and some key US allies.
Haley achieved a rare feat in the Trump administration, maintaining her personal popularity despite the president's polarizing politics.
Haley made the surprise announcement this morning she would leave her post at year's end. "I think that it's just very important for government officials to understand when it's time to step aside". "I can promise you what I'll be doing is campaigning for this [president]".
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Haley claimed the media had mischaracterized the laughter and contended it was actually a sign of respect.
Mr Trump spoke as he and Ms Haley met in the Oval Office, shortly after word came of her plans to resign. He insisted later that the delegates were laughing with him, not at him.
President Trump said she has done an incredible job and he will hate to lose her. "You can have your pick", he said, standing next to Ms Haley in the Oval Office for the official announcement.
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The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley alluded to Trump in denouncing "the siren call of the angriest voices" who disrespected America's immigrants.
She told him: "Thank you, Mr President". She was re-elected in 2014.
"She got to know the players, she got to know China, Russia, and India.they like her...they respect her". Lindsey Graham tweets he expects Haley will continue to be a "key player" in their party.
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