Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump Hints at Ivanka, Dina Powell for UN Ambassador Job

Trump Hints at Ivanka, Dina Powell for UN Ambassador Job

"I have given everything I've got these last eight years", she said, referring to her six years as SC governor as well as her time at the United Nations.

President Trump accepted Nikki Haley's resignation as USA ambassador to the U.N., Fox News confirmed Tuesday - marking a sudden and unexpected end to the tenure of one of the administration's most prominent figures.

But Haley also said she did not have any future plans set, and her decision surprised many at the White House and the United Nations.

But she insisted that she was not planning to run for president herself against Trump in 2020, when she would likely be seen as a moderate Republican alternative.

Instead of answering directly, he recounted how she has had to work on tough issues, such as Iran and North Korea.

Trump said that he expects to name a replacement for Haley in the next "two to three weeks", and said that he would be talking about candidates with the former SC governor and others.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley, who is 46 and not personally wealthy, said in her resignation letter to Trump that she is headed to the private sector.

The prospect of post-midterm changes continues to hang over the West Wing, and Haley's exit was one that has been discussed, according to a senior administration official not authorised to publicly discuss private conversations.

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Haley will play a role in picking her successor, the president told reporters as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in Iowa. It was not clear why Haley resigned, or why Trump accepted.

Referring to women whose accusations brought down powerful men, like movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Haley said: "I'm proud of their strength". At the United Nations, she helped spearhead the administration's efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the worldwide body, and address USA tension with its European allies and with Iran and North Korea.

When Haley arrived at the United Nations on January 27, 2017, she was the former governor of SC and a novice at global affairs but she wasted no time in announcing a new way the U.S. was going to do business.

Last month Haley wrote an op-ed article in The Washington Post discussing her policy disagreements but also her pride in working for Trump. The senior official noted that their conversation coincided with the appointments of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security adviser in an earlier upending of top foreign policy officials.

"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". "But I don't agree with the president on everything". Trump then decided not to go ahead with the move. Trump tweeted that "The people of SC are embarrassed by Nikki Haley".

The good personal relations, however, could never mask the sharp differences over a host of issues ranging from U.S. policy toward Syria to Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate agreement and the UN Human Rights Council. She was re-elected in 2014.

Bolivia's UN Ambassador Sasha Llorentty Soliz said the Security Council "is like a family - sometimes a dysfunctional family - but nevertheless we care about each other and I really like Nikki very much". That doesn't mean I'd pick her, because you'd be accused of nepotism, even though I'm not sure there's anybody more competent in the world.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Haley's leaving is "yet another sign of the Trump administration's chaotic foreign policy and setback from promoting American values and priorities".

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