Nikki Haley to leave as Trump U.N. ambassador

President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Tuesday that she was resigning at the end of the year.

It is yet another high-level departure to hit an administration already rocked by repeated shake-ups.

The announcement by Haley, a former governor of South Carolina and one-time Trump critic, took many world leaders and administration officials by surprise. Haley has been mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential candidate, but she said she did not plan to run. She promised to instead campaign for Trump’s re-election.

Haley said she had no other immediate plans, but that she had served six years as governor and nearly two as U.N. ambassador, so it was time for someone else to step in.

In a joint appearance with Trump, she said representing the U.S. at the U.N. “has been an honor of a lifetime.” Trump said she had “done a fantastic job.”

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