U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned her high-profile post within President Donald Trump’s cabinet. She will be leaving the job at the end of the year.
Speaking from the Oval Office on Tuesday, Haley described her time at the U.N. as “a blessing.”
Haley’s resignation comes as a surprise, though she said she “believes in term limits.” Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, was swiftly confirmed to the post four days after Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
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She is responsible for shaking up the United States’ position within the U.N. Over the summer, she oversaw the country’s departure from the U.N. Human Rights Council, which she described as both “pathetic” and “abusive.”
In September, the outgoing ambassador penned an op-ed, in which she criticized The New York Times for publishing an anonymous column written by someone within the White House and critical of Trump’s administration.
“I don’t agree with the president on everything,” she wrote. “When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.”
Despite some disagreements in the past, Haley has had a decent working relationship with the president.
As for her replacement, Trump said he knows of “many people” who are “very much interested” in serving as ambassador to the U.N., which he described as “a great position” and a “more glamorous position than it was two years ago.”
The Washington Post was able to obtain and published Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation letter to President Trump:
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