United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has resigned, the latest departure from President Donald Trump’s national security circle, a senior White House official said Tuesday. The former South Carolina governor had served since January 2017.
Haley walked past reporters in the White House on Tuesday morning but did not comment. She will meet with Trump in the Oval Office at 10:30 a.m., according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval Office at 10:30am this morning. This event will be open to the pool.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 9, 2018
The reasons for her departure are unclear and this was not expected. Haley reportedly had a discussion about her resignation with President Donald Trump during a visit to the White House last week.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has been among the more moderate members of Trump’s administration. She had a tough job from the start representing the Trump administration’s agenda in the UN, a body the president has long criticised.
President Trump tweeted this morning about a Big Announcement with friend Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30am.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2018
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, was easily confirmed four days after President Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
She has overseen Trump’s shift in dealing with the UN, including the U.S. exit from the UN Human Rights Council, which Haley called the organization’s “greatest failure.”
Haley wrote a public op-ed in September challenging the N.Y. Times’ anonymous op-ed:
- “I don’t agree with the president on everything. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.”
- “Like my colleagues in the Cabinet and on the National Security Council, I have very open access to the president. He does not shut out his advisers, and he does not demand that everyone agree with him. I can talk to him most any time, and I frequently do.”
- “If I disagree with something and believe it is important enough to raise with the president, I do it. And he listens.”