Times Of Israel By TOI staff AP Tues., Oct. 10, 2018
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is tendering her resignation, marking the latest shake-up in the turbulent Trump administration just weeks before the midterm election.
US President Donald Trump met with Haley at the Oval Office in front of news cameras shortly after reports of her resignation Tuesday, saying the departure had been planned for several months. Trump said she would leave at the end of the year.
He called Haley a “very special” person, adding that she told him six months ago that she might want to take some time off. Trump said that together, they had “solved a lot of problems.”
Speaking after Trump, Haley said serving as ambassador to the UN has “been an honor of a lifetime.” She cited pushing back against the anti-Israel bias at the UN as one of the key accomplishments of her tenure. She praised Trump for moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Haley also pointed to her work with Jared Kushner, Trump’s special adviser and son-in-law, on the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
“Looking at what we’ve done on the Middle East peace plan. It is so unbelievably well done,” she said. “Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands.”
Haley said she had no plans to run for the White House in 2020.
The move apparently came as a shock to Congressional and Trump administration officials, with Haley keeping her plans to a small circle until Tuesday morning.
Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, thanked Haley for her support of Israel, which he said helped change the Jewish state’s status at the world body.
“Thank you for standing with the truth without fear. Thank you for representing the values common to Israel and the United States,” he said in a statement. “Where ever you are, you will continue to be a true friend of the State of Israel,” Dannon added.
Haley is one of the few original cabinet appointees remaining in the Trump administration. Since taking up her post, Haley has emerged as one of the most vocal proponents of Trump’s foreign policy and a darling of the pro-Israel community in the United States.
She has also won plaudits from Israeli leaders for her strong defense of Israel at the UN, a body often considered highly critical of the Jewish state.
During her tenure, the US pulled out of the UN’s cultural agency and the Human Rights Council, citing their bias against Israel.