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Conservative sweetheart and all around leading lady Nikki Haley has resigned as US Ambassador to the United Nations. The former Governor of South Carolina has been in the role since Trump took office in January 2017 and recently wrapped up the UN General Assembly Meeting and her time as Security Council President. Everyone is absolutely shocked by this announcement, obviously, and no one saw it coming, but let’s break down what we know so far.
According to sources, Haley and Trump discussed her leaving her position earlier this year, but she will stay on through the end of 2018. She said she needed a “break” after serving as governor for six years and UN ambassador for two. The resignation was kept under wraps, and Haley only told her staff on the morning the news break. She then joined Trump for a press conference in the Oval Office.
“She’s done an incredible job. She’s a fantastic person,” Trump said in his remarks. “We’re all happy for you in one way, but we’re sad to lose you. Maybe you’ll be coming back in some capacity…you can have your pick.” He said, setting hearts a flutter with hope. “You’ve done a fantastic job and I want to thank you very much,” he concluded.
Nikki Haley said the position has been “an honor of a lifetime. I’m such a lucky girl…to serve a country I love so very much.” She talked about her two successful years at the UN in cutting budgets, fighting back against the use of chemical weapons, and working towards denuclearizing North Korea. She also praised Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and said they do “a lot of things behind the scene” that she wished people “knew about.”