The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Nikki Haley, has thrown in her resignation.
Haley officially made the announcement at the Oval Office in the presence of President Donald Trump, who said the envoy had “done a fantastic job”.
President Trump however announced that the ambassador would remain on the job till the end of the year.
“It was a blessing to go into the UN with body armour every day and defend America, and I’ll always do that.
“I’ll never truly step aside from fighting for our country.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]He hailed her achievements at the UN within two years, including the progress on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, the re-imposition of Iran’s sanctions and for protecting the U.S. interests at the UN.[/penci_blockquote]
“But I will tell you that I think it’s time. Being the United Nations ambassador has been an honour of a lifetime” Haley.
The envoy who had long been speculated as a potential presidential candidate, said she had no intention of running for the presidency in 2020, as has been speculated, noting that she would rather campaign for Trump’s re-election.
“I think you have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside and allow someone else to do the job,” she said.
Trump reacting to the announcement said Haley had informed him roughly six months ago that she wanted to take a break after finishing two years with the administration.
The president, however, said: “Nikki is going to be staying to the end of the year. It’ll just be”.
He said he hoped Haley would return in a different role and would name her successor within “the next two or three weeks”.
“She’s done a fantastic job and we’ve done a fantastic job together.
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“We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose you,” Trump said.
He hailed her achievements at the UN within two years, including the progress on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, the re-imposition of Iran’s sanctions and for protecting the U.S. interests at the UN.
Shortly before the meeting, Trump had announced on his Twitter handle: “Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10.30 a.m.’’.