IN SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT, HALEY RESIGNS AS US PERMANENT REP TO UN
United States (US) Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Nikki Haley, announced Tuesday she would resign from her post by year-end.
Sitting next to President Donald Trump at the Oval Office, Haley described her work at the UN as an honour of a lifetime.
Trump, apparently, showing his softer side after Haley heaped praise on Trump and his family, calling his son-in-law a genius, responded: “We will miss you,” and looking at Haley added: “You have done a fantastic job.”
He thanked Haley, 46, for her service in his administration and said she was “very special to me”, noting that he had teamed with her and “solved a lot of problems,” citing, in particular, issues with Iran and North Korea.
Amid the media frenzy over the announcement, Trump also made a unique gesture, keeping the door open for her re-entry.
“Hopefully, you’ll be coming back at some point. You can have your pick” (of any other job in his administration).
The shock announcement immediately unleashed a spiral of rumours and speculation both in the US and UN diplomatic circles over her future plans, with many television and radio commentators trying to outdo each other in speculating that she was possibly eyeing the president’s office in the 2020 race.
Haley, who presents what many say is the Trump administration’s moderate face to the outside world, has been a high-profiled figure at the United Nations where she used the velvet glove to present the administration’s tough positions on key international issues.
The appointment of Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, as the US permanent representative to the UN in the Trump administration, took many by surprise, especially after she had criticised what was seen by many as Trump’s confrontational style and language during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Contrary to Trump’s nationalist populist America First policies, which had rattled many trading partners of the US, including allies and friends, Haley advocated a free market policy and global trade.
“Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do,” she summed up her posting as the top US diplomat to the UN.
The question that is making the rounds today � and will continue to do so in the future until the formal announcement of Haley’s successor � is who will succeed her as the US envoy to the UN.
But Trump, who later opened up to the waiting journalists, seemed to betray his thinking when he said that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, who works as an adviser in the White House, could succeed Haley.
However, Trump quickly stopped in his tracks and said that then, I would be accused of nepotism.
The name of Dina Habib Powell, an Egyptian-born fluent Arabic speaker, was also mentioned by the president. She is his former deputy national security adviser for strategy.
Another name that was mentioned was that of the hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, who already worked once before as the US envoy to the UN during the administration of President George W. Bush.
Reacting to Haley’s resignation, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised her for promoting “constructive ties between the United Nations and the United States.
Haley, who is of Indian origin – her parents emigrated from the Indian state of Punjab – is one of six women in Trump’s Cabinet and has been regarded by some as a potential Republican Party presidential contender.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK