Read Nikki Haley's Resignation Letter to President Trump Here

 

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, resigned Tuesday morning from her position at the White House. The move came as a surprise to several senior administration officials according to NBC News. 

During a brief appearance in the Oval Office, Haley and Trump addressed her departure with the president saying Haley would leave her post at the end of the year and that she wanted to "take a break" from public service. 

"She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together," Trump said. 

Haley told reported in the Oval Office that it was time for her to take a break from public service. 

"It's been eight years of intense time and I'm a believer in term limits," she said, referring to her time as the governor of South Carolina and two more years as UN ambassador. "I think you have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside."

No successor to Haley has been announced. She will remain in her post through January 2019, Trump said. 

You can read the resignation letter Haley sent Trump below. 

Nikki Haley resigns as UN ambassador

October 3, 2018

Dear Mr. President:

It has been an immense honor to serve our country in your Administration. I cannot thank you enough for giving me this opportunity.

You will recall that when you offered me the position of United States Ambassador to the United Nations in November 2016, I accepted the offer based on some conditions. Those conditions included serving in your Cabinet and on the National Security Council and being free to speak my mind on the issues of the day. You made those commitments and you have absolutely kept them all. For that too, I will always be grateful.

We achieved great successes at the UN. We passed the toughest sanctions against any country ina generation, pressuring North Korea toward denuclearization. We passed an arms embargo on South Sudan that will help reduce violence and hopefully bring peace to that troubled country. We stood up for our ally Israel and began to roll back the UN’s relentless bias against her. We reformed UN operations and saved over $1.3 billion. We spoke out resolutely against dictatorships in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and yes, Russia. Through it all, we stood strong for American values and interests, always placing America first. I am proud of our record.

As a strong supporter of term limits, I have long believed that rotation in office benefits the public. Between the UN Ambassadorship and serving in the South Carolina Governorship and General Assembly, I have been in public office for fourteen straight years. As a businessman, I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the private sector is not a step down but a step up.

Accordingly, I am resigning my position. To give you time to select a replacement, and to give the Senate time to consider your selection, I am prepared to continue to serve until January 2019.

At that point, I will once again become a private citizen. I expect to continue to speak out from time to time on important public policy matters, but I will surely not be a candidate for any office in 2020. As a private citizen, I look forward to supporting your re-election as President, and supporting the policies that will continue to move our great country toward even greater heights.

With best wishes and deep gratitude, 

Nikki Haley

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