Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley resigns

Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley resigns

"By accepting gifts of luxury private flights, Ambassador Haley seems to be falling in line with other Trump administration officials who are reaping personal benefits from their public positions", CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a Monday statement.

Mr Trump said Mrs Haley had told him six months ago she wanted to take some time off.

Ivanka, now a White House special advisor, was praised by outgoing ambassador Nikki Haley during a sit-down with reporters and President Trump Tuesday morning.

Dina Powell, a former Goldman Sachs executive who served in the Bush White House and State Department, and later as Trump's Deputy National Security Advisor, was one of the first names to be uttered as the next possible United Nations ambassador.

Ambassador Haley took the time to praise Advisor to the President and First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and to call Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, who is also the president's son-in-law, a "hidden genius".

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. Alas, Graham is "not interested" in a Cabinet spot, an aide told CNN. But the group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in its complaint that Haley's financial disclosure did not provide enough information to make the assertion that the flights between New York, Washington, DC, and three SC cities qualified for the exemption.

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Haley again told the president last week that she planned on resigning, but in a rare turn of events in the nation's capital, word did not leak of her intentions before she officially submitted her resignation. "No, I am not running for 2020." she said.

"It has been the honor of a lifetime", Haley said.

Earlier this year, Haley, 46, told Reuters that, "Every day I feel like I put body armor on", to protect US interests at the United Nations. Ms. Haley said she was a "lucky girl" for having been able to serve as governor of SC and ambassador to the United Nations. She was re-elected in 2014. "That's so good. Thank you Nikki", Mr. Trump said in response.

As South Carolina governor, she developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided the state through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Haley's resignation was a closely guarded secret.

"Now the United States is respected". Menendez said he is concerned about the leadership vacuum she leaves and "the national security impact of her departure at this time of continued disarray for this administration".

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