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Nikki Haley resigns as UN ambassador

Nikki Haley, one of the longest-serving members of the Trump Administration, has submitted her resignation as U.N. Ambassador. Donald Trump has accepted, and held a joint press event with Haley at the Oval Office.

She has been one of President Trump’s closest and most trusted advisors overseeing the shift in dealing with the UN, including the U.S. exit from the UN Human Rights Council, which Haley called the organization’s “greatest failure.”

The departure is arguably the biggest loss of the Trump Administration, as Republicans who liked and disliked Trump still admired her as a rising star of the party and a frequently discussed presidential contender.

Some have speculated that Haley’s grueling schedule had taken her away from the United States too often and she had missed being more involved in the lives of her two children – both high school students.

Haley has said she will campaign for the president in the 2020 election, confirming that the resignation was not over policy differences with the president.

Haley’s harsh tone with the U.N.’s increasing hostility toward Israel, a U.S. ally, and her increased frustration with the Human Rights Council were praised by conservatives, as was the move to leave the HRC, which was seen as one of her best moments at the U.N.

There is currently no talk of a potential replacement for Ambassador Haley. Her resignation is effective at the end of the year.