Nikki Haley steps down as United Nations ambassador

Nikki Hayley

The American ambassador of the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stepped down from her position just 28 days before the November elections.

Prior to her position as UN ambassador to the United States, Nikki Haley critiqued the current president, Donald Trump, in the 2016 November presidential election.  However, two weeks after president Trump was elected he offered her the UN ambassador job to Hayley.

Haley stated on Tuesday that she would resign at the end of the year.  This departure is significant considering she was one of the few women within the president's cabinet.

Haley stated:

"It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day and defend America. I’ll never truly step aside from fighting for our country. But I will tell you that I think it’s time."

She added, “I think you have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside and allow someone else to do the job."

According to President Trump, Haley had already notified the president roughly 6 months ago that she wanted to resign after finishing two years with the administration. Trump is said to name Haley's successor in the next two to three weeks.

Names that have been swirling around to take up the UN ambassador job include Dina Powell and Richard A Grenel.

However, Trump clarified that of the five people on his shortlist, Grenel is not one of them. He said of the US Ambassador to Germany, "He is doing so well in a position that is so important," Trump said. "Ric is doing so well that I wouldn't want to move him. I'd personally rather keep Ric where he is."

Ivanka Trump made her own statement to speculations that she is on her father's shortlist:

"It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me."

Haley is the first cabinet-level United Nations ambassador for a Republican administration since the Cold War.

It's possible she saw this position as an opportunity to raise her own political status for a potential 2020 presidential run, however, she told reporters that she has no intentions of doing so.

Hayley's departure, while peculiar considering the midterm elections are coming up, comes after watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requested that she be investigated regarding ethics violations by the State Department Inspector General for accepting free flights on private planes.

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