The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley Resigns
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The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley Resigns

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On October 9, 2018,  Nikki Haley resigned as US ambassador to the United Nations, saying she would be leaving his administration at the end of the year. The 46-year-old former South Carolina governor - one of the few women in the Trump cabinet - gave no reason for her exit, but dismissed speculation she was planning to run for president in 2020.

In a joint appearance with President Donald Trump at the White House, Haley said she was leaving simply because it was time to go and it was important for government officials to know when to step aside. Trump said Haley informed him of her plans six months ago, and that she wanted to "take a break" from public service. President has duly accepted her resignation and would name a replacement in two-three weeks.

Haley's tenure as Ambassador was noted for its high degree of visibility. She secured three successively tougher Security Council sanction resolutions against North Korea — which the administration has credited with bringing Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table — and an arms embargo against South Sudan. But, the U.S. has also faced strong opposition from Russia when it comes to addressing the seven-year-old war in Syria, and frustration from European allies over reimposing nuclear sanctions against Iran.

The Timing of Resignation

The timing of her resignation has caught the Trump administration and UN diplomats by surprise. The resignation is the first major Administration exit since that anonymous New York Times op-ed in which a still-unknown "senior Administration official" talked about how officials were working to check Trump's impulses and even undermine him in certain ways.

Also, her departure comes shortly after Trump’s appearance at the United Nations General Assembly last month. There, Trump gave a rambling speech during which he bragged about his administration’s accomplishments and was literally laughed at by assembled world leaders. Haley later insisted that the laughter was a sign of the “love” world leaders feel for Trump and how much they respect his honesty.

Also, political pundits are speculating about her recent exit which emerged a day after an anti-corruption watchdog accused her of accepting seven luxury private plane trips as gifts from South Carolina business leaders. In fact, there's more to this than meets the eye.

Haley is to leave the United Nations in January 2019.

With reporting by BBC, Business Insider, CNN, and Reuters