Nikki Haley resigns as United Nations ambassador

Haley is the latest in a string of high-profile firings and resignations from the Trump administration

She shared her own tribute on Twitter, writing: 'Ambassador Haley has served America with dignity + distinction.

President Trump announced today that Haley had handed in her resignation, a move that surprised many in the administration.

Neither the White House nor Ms Haley have given a reason for her exit, which was first disclosed by Axios. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election'. Although she occasionally appeared out of sync with Trump, particularly in her hardline stance on Russian Federation, she survived his mercurial temperament for almost two years despite media speculation that he was not impressed with her and her frequent expressions of dissent. Though Ivanka and Jared do work at the White House, it's in an unofficial capacity, which skirts nepotism.

Haley is the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the administration, such as that of Tillerson and Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, who left in August 2017. Trump teased an announcement less than an hour before his appearance with Haley, after news organizations began reporting she would resign.

"No I'm not running", she said emphatically. Trump is on his second national security adviser as well as his second secretary of state, for example.

Trump said Haley would help select her replacement, and called her a "great friend" who did a "fantastic job". Trump offered effusive praise for his envoy to the United Nations. He insisted later that the delegates were laughing with him, not at him.

Haley also praised the effectiveness of Trump's foreign policy efforts, which have drawn widespread criticism. "I just don't know who I'm fighting that day", Haley said earlier this year. On her first day as United Nations ambassador she warned, "for those that don't have our back, we're taking names".

The daughter of immigrants from India, Haley favored free markets and global trade and earned worldwide attention for speaking out against the Confederate battle flag in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

"Whether he said good things about him or not, they love that he's honest with them", Haley added at the time.

She tweeted in December that "the USA will be taking names" of those at the global body who went against US wishes on a key vote.

The reason why the "break" explanation doesn't make a whole lot of sense is that ambassadors to the United Nations need to be confirmed by congress, and that's not a simple process that you can just hop in and out of. We spoke out resolutely against dictatorships in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and yes, Russia.

Trump said he would name a successor within the next two or three weeks.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley had always been seen as a rising star in the Republican Party which has eagerly sought female and ethnic minorities to broaden the appeal beyond its traditional white demographic. "You have done a fantastic job and I want to thank you very much".

As South Carolina governor, she was outspoken in her criticism of Trump during the 2016 campaign - a stance that effectively disqualified other candidates for top administration positions. She was re-elected in 2014.

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