Nikki Haley has resigned as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Her replacement will have big shoes to fill. Haley fundamentally transformed the U.N. ambassador post while simultaneously securing major geopolitical victories for the United States. She was a widely renowned official in the Trump administration, achieving almost unanimous recognition from conservatives and moderates alike.
In an announcement in the Oval Office Tuesday morning, President Trump confirmed that Ambassador Haley has resigned her post and will be leaving at the end of the year.
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Nikki Haley's stated reason for departing: "I think that it's just very important for government officials to understand when it's time to step aside…The truth is I want to make sure that this administration has the strongest person to fight." pic.twitter.com/9z55ofF4H7
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During her tenure as U.N. ambassador, Haley oversaw several major U.S. policy shifts. Having developed a reputation for her aggressive, vocal, and passionate defense of the U.S. and its allies, Haley delivered several major victories for U.S. interests.
Ambassador Haley was never afraid to call out China for its hostile behavior. She slammed Russia for empowering the Syrian dictatorship with chemical weapons. She called attention to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. And Haley took the Iranian regime to task for its worldwide funding and assistance of terrorist groups.
Haley led the fight to end U.S. membership in and funding for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a U.N. body with a membership roster of authoritarian nations and Islamic supremacist regimes.
She succeeded in cutting off funding for UNRWA, the U.N. Palestinian refugee body, which has promoted the destruction of Israel and helped to perpetuate Arab-Israeli hostilities.
A staunch defender of the Jewish state, Haley was also a major proponent of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city.
Haley acted as a fiercely independent branch of the Trump administration, which sometimes raised red flags in Washington. In September, she wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post condemning her anonymous colleague’s high-profile New York Times piece earlier that week bashing the president. In her Washington Post op-ed, Haley claimed that when she challenges the president, she does it “directly.” This reportedly caused some resentment in the White House, but it’s unclear whether it was the reason for her departure.
Nikki Haley will go down as arguably the most prolific and effective U.S. ambassador to the United Nations ever. She achieved a unique combination of victories. She was perhaps best known for rhetorically taking American adversaries to the woodshed, but Haley also secured major diplomatic and policy victories behind the scenes. Her unapologetic defense of America and its allies was coupled with her ability to effect real, lasting change at the U.N.