Nikki Haley resigns as United Nations ambassador

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

One of these sources says Powell has become a favorite among people close to Trump to lead the US delegation.

As governor, she was influential in removing the Confederate flag at the Statehouse.

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has resigned from her post.

Trump said the 10:30 a.m. ET meeting would mark a "big announcement".

As it turned out, Haley suggested her departure was no more than a case of burnout. She returned to Goldman Sachs, where she worked for more than a decade, earlier this year.

She was confirmed as UN Ambassador four days after Trump was inaugurated in January 2017.

After the Times broke that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had privately discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, Haley blamed the media and stood by Trump's work as president.

Haley was coy on her reasons for quitting, saying only that it was "important to understand when it's time to stand aside" after a string of challenging jobs.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric tells reporters at United Nations headquarters that the United Nations -U.S. relationship, and the relationship between the secretary-general and the US ambassador, is "very critical". According to Swan, Haley told Trump she wanted to resign during a conversation with him last week. As a businessman, I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the private sector is not a step down but a step up.

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

A second go-round for Powell?

Trump advisers outside the White House have assumed Haley would have her own presidential aspirations at some point, but doubt she would mount a run against Trump in 2020.

"Dina Powell has been a key, trusted advisor in this administration".

Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner hinted that Powell would stay continue to be influential in the administration's efforts.

"Whether he said good things about him or not, they love that he's honest with them", Haley added at the time. Through it all, we stood strong for American values and interests, always placing America first.

She has been more outspoken in calling out Russian aggression than Trump, for example. We'll just have to see if she's still laughing in "two to three weeks". Unless she gets indicted first. She had scripted history by becoming the first-ever Indian-American to be appointed to a cabinet-level post in any United States administration. While naming Ivanka seems like a very Trump-like move, there could be a roadblock in place.

Ms Haley added that nations around the world had also been convinced that Mr Trump "means business". "He's going to make Ivanka UN Ambassador".

Powell and Haley apparently also have a close relationship.

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