U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley reportedly set to resign

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem

They spoke in the Oval Office, shortly after word came of her plans to resign.

Haley told the president that her resignation would be effective in January 2019 to "give you time to select a replacement and to give the Senate time to consider your selection".

"Nikki Haley has set a new standard for what American leadership at the United Nations should look like", Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in a tweet. "That's so good. Thank you Nikki", Mr. Trump said in response. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

"It was a blessing to go into the United Nations every day with body armour", Haley said, saying her job was to defend America on the world stage.

"I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country", Haley wrote.

At the UN, Haley helped spearhead the Trump administration's efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the worldwide body.

Republican lawmakers swiftly praised Mrs Haley after the news broke.

Haley has been viewed as a steadying presence within the turbulent administration, one of several establishment Republican appointments that helped deliver Trump's message around the globe.

Haley's first book, released in 2012 when she was governor of SC, was part of her launch as a national figure within the Republican party, and led to talk that year she might join the GOP ticket with Mitt Romney. We passed the toughest sanctions against any country in a generation, pressuring North Korea toward denuclearization. At the United Nations, she helped spearhead the administration's efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the global body, and address US tension with its European allies and with Iran and North Korea. Haley told reporters she will be campaigning for the president in 2020, quashing speculation that she might chart her own political course challenging the president.

But she has been overshadowed in recent months by the appointments of Trump loyalist Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and hawk John Bolton as White House national security adviser.

One thing is certain: her resignation does not mean she's looking to move up the chain in politics.

News of Haley's departure broke Tuesday morning, Donald Trump accepting her resignation personally. "She's made it a more important - more importantly, a more important position". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Her most visible role, however, is likely to be remembered as pulling the US out of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which she described as a "cesspool of political bias" against the USA and Israel.

The flights took the Haleys from her residence as ambassador in NY to Greenville and Charleston, from SC to Washington, and from Washington back to NY.

"Look at the two years, look at what has happened in two years with the United States on foreign policy".

The three businessmen who provided the flights to Haley and her husband were Jimmy Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs International, Smyth McKissick, and Mikee Johnson.

The group said the flights were between New York, Washington and three cities in SC. Haley was confirmed with 96 of 100 votes.

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