Nikki Haley 'quits' as USA ambassador to United Nations

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Journalists and pundits have reacted with shock to the unexpected resignation of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley - and speculation abounds as to the reason for the abrupt departure.

Haley has been the face of Trump's "America First" policy at the United Nations, steering the U.S. withdrawal from several UN programs and ardently defending his hard-line policies against Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs.

President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

And Michael Ian Black joked: 'He's going to make Ivanka UN Ambassador. She also offered glowing praise for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, calling the latter a "hidden genius".

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She had served as the Governor of SC for six years during a particularly rough time for the state and dived straight into the U.N job that she did for two intense years, and also she said there are no "personal reasons" for her leaving, she indicated it was time for her to attend more to her family, which includes two young children, Rena and Nalin. Alas, Graham is "not interested" in a Cabinet spot, an aide told CNN. Speaking alongside Haley in the Oval Office, the president did not give any hints to who would replace Haley at the United Nations, but added there "are a number of people who would like to do it". The president also said that Haley "has been very special" to him and "is a fantastic person".

On Tuesday, Haley listed what she said were the accomplishments of her two terms, including North Korea sanctions, support for Israel, cutting the United Nations budget by $1.3 billion, and focusing on Iran's support of terror groups in the Middle East, as the US defended its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

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"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose (you)", Trump said. They spoke in the Oval Office, shortly after word came of her plans to resign. I think Ivanka would be incredible.

While in Washington, she was criticized at times by the nationalist faction in Trump's base of support, including then-chief strategist Steve Bannon, a fellow Goldman alum who left the White House a year ago to return briefly to the right-wing Breitbart website.

Previously Haley was governor of the state of SC.

Among her notable remarks on the United Nations? Her aggressive and repeated warnings about compiling a list of countries that didn't back the United States irritated even close allies.

"But I don't agree with the president on everything".

And on Monday, the Washington, D.C. -based watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for an investigation into seven private flights taken by Haley that were paid for by SC business executives.

The daughter of immigrants from India, Mrs Haley was a frequent critic of Mr Trump during his election campaign.

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