In an Oval Office announcement on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump revealed that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will be leaving her post at the end of 2018. Not long thereafter, Trump exposed his future plans for Haley, and they weren’t what anyone expected.
As soon as news broke on Tuesday morning that Nikki Haley would be resigning from her position as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, rumors began swirling as to why she would be leaving her post. After all, Haley has been with the Trump administration from the very beginning.
She is also one of the most well-known players on President Trump’s team. She has done her job at the UN flawlessly, and the U.S. has benefited because of it.
Haley was such a fixture, in fact, that many Republicans have voiced their opinion that she should run for president someday, perhaps in 2024. Indeed, she would be the right kind of woman to serve as our first female Commander-in-Chief.
Unlike Hillary Clinton, Nikki Haley’s career has not been plagued by scandal. Haley also has all of the right experience under her belt, having served as the Republican Governor of South Carolina before moving on to become the U.S. Ambassador to the UN.
So, why would Haley be resigning? Had she and Trump disagreed on a fundamental issue? Was she taking on a task even bigger than her post at the UN? Could the U.S. be pulling out of the UN altogether? Anything seemed possible.
Then, putting to bed all of the rumors, Trump and Haley appeared together for a joint press conference before the media. And one thing became instantly clear — Haley had not resigned in order to run against Trump in 2020.
President Donald Trump announced that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will be leaving her post at the end of 2018, in an Oval Office announcement on Tuesday.
Trump told reporters that Haley had told him approximately 6 months ago that she wanted to leave at the end of two years on the job. Haley told reporters that she is not leaving to run for office against Trump and committed to campaigning for him in 2020. [Source: The Daily Caller]
Nikki Haley “has been very special to me. She’s done an incredible job,” Trump said, according to CNN. “She’s a fantastic person, very importantly, but she also is somebody that gets it.”
Trump said Haley told him six months ago that she wanted to “take a break” after two years in the job. “We hate to lose you,” Trump said. “Hopefully you’ll be coming back at some point. But maybe in a different capacity. You can have your pick.”
Speaking next to President Trump in the Oval Office, Nikki Haley described her job as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations as the “honor of a lifetime.” She also dispelled any rumors that she might be plotting a 2020 run against Trump, saying, “I will say this. For all of you that are going to ask about 2020, no, I’m not running for 2020. I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”
The idea that a workhorse like Nikki Haley would simply like to “take a break” does seem a bit odd. Mark my words, she’s got something big in the works, we just don’t know exactly what it is yet. What do you think Nikki Haley has in store for the future?