The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is resigning “to take a little time off,” President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, as she became the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the administration.
Trump said he had accepted Haley’s resignation and would name her successor within two or three weeks. She will leave at the end of the year, he said.
Appearing beside Haley in the Oval Office, Trump praised her and said he hoped she could come back to the administration.
“We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose (you). … Hopefully, you’ll be coming back at some point. Maybe a different capacity. You can have your pick,” Trump said.
A former governor of South Carolina who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible candidate for the 2020 presidential elections.
But she said on Tuesday she would not be running in 2020 and would campaign for Trump.
Haley was a strong pro-Israel voice at the UN, where the Jewish state has been increasingly isolated in recent years.