Nikki Haley Leaving U.N. Ambassador, Dina Powell NOT Ivanka Trump Is Being Considered As Replacement

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Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is leaving her post at the end of the year, President Trump announced in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Haley’s replacement is unclear, although Mr. Trump said he will likely select the new ambassador in the next two or three weeks. 5bbcc6dd3eee7_imageHaley told reporters she will not run in 2020 and instead campaign for the president, in an attempt to quash speculation that she might chart her own political course challenging him.

 

“I will say this for all of you that are going to ask about 2020 — no, I am not running for 2020,” the ambassador told reporters. “I can promise you what I will be doing is campaigning for this one. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”

 

Mr. Trump, meeting with Haley in the Oval Office, informed reporters Tuesday Haley had told him about six months ago that she wanted a break. The president said Haley has been “very special” to him, they hate to lose her, and the two will be in constant touch. Mr. Trump said hopefully Haley can come back to his administration, adding, “You can have your pick.”

 

Mr. Trump said a number of people would like to do Haley’s job, and claimed it’s a more “glamorous” position than it was a couple years ago.

 

Haley, for her part, said the post had been an honor of a lifetime. Haley said the U.S. is strong again in a way the nation should be proud of. Haley also said nothing is set in terms of where she will land next. Haley said “there’s no personal reason” for her impending departure, it’s just “very important” for government officials to know when it’s time to step aside and let someone else rotate in with renewed energy.

 

“You know, my family is very supportive so there’s no personal reason,” Haley said. “I think that it’s just very important for government officials to understand when it’s time to step aside. And I have given everything I’ve got these last eight years and I do think that sometimes it’s good to rotate in other people that can put that same energy and power into it.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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