WASHINGTON (WCBD) – Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced her resignation as U.N. Ambassador under the Trump administration.
“Nikki, as Ambassador to the United Nations, has been very special to me,” President Trump said after meeting with Haley in the Oval Office.
The President noted a previous conversation with Haley in which she told him six months ago that she wanted to take some time off after a 2-year period.
“It has been an honor of a lifetime,” said Nikki of her time serving under the Trump Administration. “I’ve said I’m such a lucky girl to have been able to lead the state that raised me and to serve a country that I love so much.”
Haley wanted to look back on her two years and what has happened in the United States on foreign policy. “The United States is respected. Other countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do,” she said. “They know that if we say what we are going to do, we follow through and the President proved that.”
She recalled chemicals in Syria, NATO and saying other countries need to pay their share, and trade deals.
Haley rounded out her announcement by thanking her family and her team at the United Nations for their hard work, sacrifice and dedication.
The former South Carolina governor said she did not know what her next steps would be, but did say she would not be running in 2020. Instead, she will be supporting President Trump in his reelection campaign.
“I was governor for six years and we dealt with a hurricane, a thousand year flood, a church shooting, a school shooting – it was a lot – and to come in here and do two years of Russia, Iran and North Korea, it has been eight years of intense time and I am a firm believer in term limits.”
She said, “I think you have to know when to be selfless enough to know when to step aside and allow someone else to do the job.”
Haley said she plans to leave at the end of the year. She said her goal is to make sure everything is set in place for the next Ambassador to take over.
“It’s a great day in the United States and I am proud to have been part of the team.”