Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has resigned, and President Donald Trump has reportedly accepted her resignation, Axios reported.
Speaking to the media, Trump said Haley had informed him that she needed to “take a break.” She will continue in her capacity until the end of the year. Trump said that Haley had informed him six months ago that she would need a break at the end of 2018, when she would have been ambassador for roughly two full years.
Haley said that six years as governor of South Carolina and two years as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had taken their toll. She added that she was also “a believer in term limits,” adding “I think you have to be selfless enough to know when to step aside.”
Haley also praised the other members of the Trump family, saying that Melania Trump “has been nothing but kind to me," and that she couldn't “say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka.” She commented that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump “do a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish people knew about.”
In her statement to the media, Haley stressed that she is not planning to run for president in 2020. Trump also said that Haley would be welcome back in the administration at any time “in a different capacity, you can have your pick.”
So far there has been no word on who could replace Haley as U.S. ambassador. Trump said that he would “name a successor within the next two or three weeks. Maybe sooner.”
On Tuesday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Haley and the president would meet in the oval office at 10:30 a.m. ET.
President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval Office at 10:30am this morning. This event will be open to the pool.— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany)1539094329.0
Trump also tweeted about the meeting before it happened, calling Haley his “friend.”
Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30am.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1539094727.0
This is a developing story and will be updated.