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. Her resignation is amicable, and Trump apparently accepted it after discussions last week. "And I do think it's good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it".
"Women who accuse anyone should be heard", Haley said last December after accusations against three members of Congress. "So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election", she said.
In April, she clashed with the White House when a Trump aide suggested she had prematurely announced a new round of sanctions against Russian Federation.
"Anyone that goes and tries to spew hate on someone because of their color or religion or their place in life - that's terribly wrong", she continued. We spoke out resolutely against dictatorships in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and yes, Russia.
If this was long-planned, it was apparently the best-kept secret in Trump's White House.
Still, the prospect of post-midterm changes has loomed over the West Wing, and Haley's exit was one of those discussed, according to a senior administration official not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.
One thing is certain: her resignation does not mean she's looking to move up the chain in politics.
"Hopefully you'll be coming back at some point, right", Mr Trump said.
Another possible successor would be national security adviser John Bolton, who was unable to secure Senate confirmation after Bush nominated him. "You can have your pick", Trump said as Haley smiled broadly. Her staff was reportedly only told of her plans to leave this morning.
She told Trump around six months ago that she was thinking of quitting by the end this year "to take a little time off", he said.
"In South Carolina, I was the first minority governor and - a real shock to the state - the first girl governor as well".
The New York Times noted Trump's nomination of her to the United Nationspost was an olive branch of sorts to the Republican establishment after the bruising 2016 cycle.
Then just this February, when Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called for Haley to "shut up", Haley said: "I will decline the advice I was recently given by ..." "I don't agree with the president on everything".
"Nikki Haley has been a clear, consistent and powerful voice for America's interests and democratic principles on the world stage", House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a tweet.
"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.
"Before she was named by Trump to her United Nations post, Haley was elected the first female governor of SC".
CREWreports that all three men donated to Haley's campaign when she was running for re-election to be governor of SC. She also gained a reputation as a racial conciliator after leading the campaign to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House in 2015.
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