United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has submitted her resignation to President Donald Trump, who has announced that the diplomat will leave the post at the end of the year after having defended the policy of the US leader before the UN. "She did a fantastic job. She has been a very special person to me," Trump said about Haley at the White House Oval Office, where he received the ambassador.
"She told me about six months ago that she wanted to take a break," he added. Although Trump said he had known Haley`s decision for months since she had long expressed her desire to serve a term of only two years, the departure of one of the strongest figures of the current Administration has been a surprise.
Neither Trump nor Haley gave clear explanations about the resignation of the diplomat. There have been frequent speculations that Haley, 46, is harboring her own presidential ambitions for 2020, something she has repeatedly denied and rejected again today. "It`s important to know when it`s time to step aside," said the ambassador, who reiterated that she does not have a specific plan for the rest of her career. She also ruled out that there were personal reasons behind her decision.
Echoing Trump`s earlier statements, Haley assured that the United States under the presidency of the Republican is respected throughout the world. "Countries do not like what we do, but they respect what we do. They know that if we say we are going to do something, we will do it," she said while taking stock of his two years in office.
With her harsh speeches and independent image, the ex-Governor of South Carolina has been one of the stars of the Trump Administration and one of the staunch defenders of its foreign policy. On her first day as UN ambassador, she warned "to those who do not support us, we are taking note of the names".
It has been the real scourge of Trump in the UN, where she has not hesitated to echo the controversial words of the US president against Iran, North Korea, Venezuela or even the institution itself, which she came to accuse of not being fair with Israel. Haley supported Trump`s efforts to cut funds for the UN organization that helps Palestinian refugees.
But the ambassador also once hinted at her disagreements with the president and said she had a "personal conversation" with Trump about her response to the violence of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.
After an anonymous official from the United States published an article last month stating that there was internal resistance to Trump`s policies, Haley published her own article in the Washington Post declaring her allegiance to the president. She said that whenever she disagrees on something with the president, she picks up the phone and phone him or meet him in person.