Trump on Twitter (Oct 9) - Nikki Haley, Kavanaugh

Saul Bowman
October 10, 2018

Haley said during her meeting with Trump that her job was to defend America on the world stage. She was closer with Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who's leading efforts to broker a deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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

Haley apparently told Trump six months ago she was planning to leave the post at the United Nations, and her move was a closely guarded secret inside the administration.

Teasing an announcement in the Oval Office this morning, Trump called Haley "my friend". "And I do think it's good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it".

Before departing the White House for Iowa, the president characterized his daughter as "dynamite" and competent for the job, but expressed concern that he would be accused of nepotism for naming a family member to the cabinet-level post.

The president left open the possibility of Haley returning to the administration, saying she would be welcome in any capacity.

Despite Trump's calm words, her sudden announcement rattled a number in the White House, who openly speculated that the timing was meant to preserve the ambassador's own political future, according to the official and another White House official.

"She got to know the players, she got to know China, Russia, and India.they like her...they respect her".

"We're all happy for you, in one way", Trump said. Before, it used to say she was ambassador to the United Nations, now it says nothing. "Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do".

She was critical of Trump during the primary campaign and had backed Senator Marco Rubio in the Republican primary.

"I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country", she wrote in an article for The Washington Post.

Her resignation was first reported by Axios. That alliance, in addition to her Goldman credentials and her time working for Bush, led her to being viewed skeptically by some in Trump's base and by nationalist forces in the White House that had been led by former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Haley's personal finances are detailed in her public financial disclosure as the US ambassador to the United Nations. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. "No, I am not running for 2020", she said.

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