President Donald Trump announced that US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley officially resigned and will leave her post at the end of 2018. Sitting together at a press conference in his office, Trump praised Haley as a fantastic person and assured he would gladly welcome her back into the Trump administration further down the line.
Officials inside the White House, however, are questioning her timing. Some signs point to the upcoming midterm elections, where a countrywide political battle involving women, assault and male privilege have come to light in the federal American political landscape.
The President’s Next Move
President Trump announced he planned to name a successor to the position within the next two weeks. When Rex Tillerson was still serving as Trump’s Secretary of State, the President often sought Haley’s advice and was seen as a fixture of the Oval Office. Since Pompeo replaced Tillerson, Haley and the President’s personal and professional relationship had diminished significantly.
What Happened to Haley?
Haley insisted that her departure was not for a personal reason. She also stated that it is very important for government officials to know when to step aside from their positions. During the press conference, she also shot down any speculations that she might challenge President Trump in the 2020 elections.
In her resignation letter, she expressed her desire to return to the public sector since she had been serving the public for the past fourteen years straight, including tenure as governor of South Carolina.
Her announcement for resignation comes one day after the group “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics” requested that Haley be investigated for a potential ethics violation by accepting free flights from a businessman while she was serving as governor of South Carolina.