Nikki Haley Resigning as UN Ambassador
BREAKING NEWS from multiple major news outlets.
BREAKING NEWS from multiple major news outlets. No details available. Will update as news comes out.
Update (Doug Mataconis): The initial news report came from Axios:
President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador, the two said Tuesday morning in a public Oval Office meeting. She will exit at the end of the year, Trump said.
What we’re hearing: Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, two sources said. Her news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration.
UPDATE (James Joyner): The actual news seems to be rather banal, despite interesting speculation while we waited for details:
Nikki Haley will leave her job as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the end of the year, President Donald Trump said at the White House on Tuesday.
Trump said Haley told him six months ago she wanted a break after spending two years in the post. “She’s done a fantastic job and we’ve done a fantastic job together,” Trump said.
Haley is a former governor of South Carolina who has repeatedly deflected speculation that she might harbor presidential aspirations of her own. “It has been the honor of a lifetime,” she said in the Oval Office, thanking Trump.
“No, I am not running in 2020,” she said. She would campaign for Trump, she added.
Haley’s decision surprised several senior White House aides, Chief of Staff John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence. Trump teased an announcement less than an hour before his appearance with Haley, after news organizations began reporting she would resign.
Along with the “Haley 2020” speculation was the notion that Lindsey Graham would be appointed Attorney General and Haley would take his spot in the Senate. Honestly, I’m not sure why AG would be that attractive to Graham or when the Senate would be a step up for Haley, who has been a governor and UN Ambassador.