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Nikki Haley quits as UN envoy, denies 2020 ambitions

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Filed on October 10, 2018 | Last updated on October 10, 2018 at 06.28 am
Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council.- AP
Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council.- AP

Trump said he had accepted Haley's resignation and would name her successor within two or three weeks.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced on Tuesday she is resigning, and immediately denied she was preparing to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Sitting beside Trump in the Oval Office, Haley said her 18-month stint at the United Nations had been "an honour of a lifetime" and said she would stay on until the end of the year.

Haley, 46, is the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the administration, such as former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who was fired in March, and Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, who left in August 2017.

Describing her time at the United Nations as "fantastic" and "incredible", Trump said he had accepted Haley's resignation and would name her successor within two or three weeks.

A former governor of South Carolina who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley is a rising star in the Republican Party and is often mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2020 presidential elections.

But she said on Tuesday she would not be running and would campaign for Trump. "No, I am not running for 2020," she said.

Echoing previous statements from Trump, Haley said the United States under his presidency is now respected around the world.

"Now the United States is respected. Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do. They know that if we say we're going to do something, we follow it through," she said.

Haley has been the face of Trump's America First policy at the United Nations, steering the US withdrawal from several UN programmes and ardently defending his hard-line policies against Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programmes. 


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