Trump says UN ambassador Haley to leave at end of year

Haley is the latest in a string of high-profile firings and resignations from the Trump administration

No reason for her resignation has yet been provided. Ms. Haley said she was a "lucky girl" for having been able to serve as governor of SC and ambassador to the United Nations.

Referring to women whose accusations brought down powerful men, like movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Haley said: "I'm proud of their strength".

She has been more outspoken in calling out Russian aggression than Trump, for example.

Retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said: "She challenged friend and foe to be better".

She was the face of the White House to the world on everything from North Korean denuclearisation to the war in Syria.

One official says there was little coordination on the announcement and sources tell CNN that nearly all senior administration officials found themselves caught off guard by the announcement.

Haley's ability to speak eloquently and forcefully on contentious issues fueled much speculation that she has political ambitions beyond the United Nations, possibly including a White House run. He held a press conference inside the Oval Office and spoke about her in glowing terms, declaring she was "special to me", and even raised the possibility she may rejoin the Administration later "in a different capacity". But with Pompeo in that role, and with Bolton serving as national security adviser, Haley has seen her time with the President diminish, sources said.

Describing her United Nations tenure as "fantastic" and "incredible", Trump was effusive in his praise for Haley.

As governor, she developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided SC through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church.

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Trump said he was considering many candidates for Haley's job and that a successor would be named in two to three weeks.

The decision was announced to reporters by President Trump in a joint Oval Office appearance with Haley.

"No, I am not running in 2020", Haley said, adding that she will campaign for Trump in the next general election cycle. "But I don't agree with the president on everything".

The daughter of immigrants from India, Haley favored free markets and global trade and earned worldwide attention for speaking out against the Confederate battle flag in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. She was re-elected in 2014.

She then won national attention in 2015 by supporting the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house after a white gunman opened fire at a black church, killing nine parishioners.

South Carolina Republican Sen.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) raised that story with MSNBC shortly after Haley's resignation. Haley insisted she was not planning to run for president against Trump in 2020, saying only that being ambassador had "been the honor of a lifetime", and that it was "important to understand when it's time to stand aside".

Haley also praised the effectiveness of Trump's foreign policy efforts, which have drawn widespread criticism.

But she fired back hours later telling Fox News: "With all due respect, I don't get confused".

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