Nikki Haley -- sad day -- resigns from United Nations role

Nikki Haley -- sad day -- resigns from United Nations role

Haley has since responded that she intends to vote and campaign for the President in his 2020 reelection bid.

Haley made the surprise announcement this morning she would leave her post at year's end. Haley also reported debt on two credit cards as liabilities, one with between $10,000 and $15,000 owed on it, the other with $15,000 to $50,000 owed. "She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together", Trump said.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley shows US President Donald Trump a note as he chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting.

Haley, who is speculated to hold aspirations for higher office, said at the White House: "No I'm not running in 2020".

Powell and Haley apparently also have a close relationship. She's repeatedly insisted that she is focused on the job at hand, not future opportunities.

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Heaping praise on Ms Haley, Mr Trump said she was a "very special person".

Haley is a former governor of SC who has repeatedly deflected speculation that she might harbor presidential aspirations of her own. The White House will pick a successor in two to three weeks, the president said.

Returning the favor, Haley praised Trump and his family for their support.

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn as he prepared to board Marine One, the president said he had heard her name mentioned as a candidate but that questions about nepotism would likely deter him. Trump unceremoniously announced his firing of former secretary of state Rex Tillerson in March in a tweet. "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.

Senior White House officials have held discussions with the former deputy national security advisor Dina Powell about replacing the outgoing Nikki Haley as the next USA ambassador to the United Nations, three sources tell CNBC.

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Haley, 46, was the senior most Indian-American official in the Trump administration.

When asked if she would take the job by then-chief of staff Reince Priebus, Haley was intrigued but had some conditions.

Trump spoke to reporters at the White House before departing for an event in Iowa, hours after announcing that current U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley would step down at the end of the year.

Speaker Paul Ryan took to twitter, saying he was "saddened" to see Haley leaving the administration.

A convert to Christianity in her 20s after being raised a Sikh, Haley is popular with religious conservatives in the South.

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Richard Grennell, the current USA ambassador to Germany, is also among the names mentioned in the United States media as a possible replacement.

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