According to reporting, the metaphorical revolving door at the front of the Trump administration has been activated yet again this week. The exodus and replacement of senior staff is continuing, as Axios reports that Nikki Haley has resigned from her position as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations.
‘President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador, according to two sources briefed on their conversation. The timing of her departure is still unclear.’
She’s come under scrutiny at times for breaking with the president on key issues, like the threat posed by Russia, but at the same time, she’s been right there with Trump on plenty of others, Axios notes. She oversaw the United States’ abandonment of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, for instance, painting it as a sham organization.
She has also reiterated the president’s hardline stance against aggressors like Syria and Iran, both of which Trump has targeted in various capacities. He’s bombed Syria twice since taking office and reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran that had been lifted as part of the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.
How the Trump administration’s foreign policy may shift in the absence of Nikki Haley remains to be seen. It’s worth noting that she is — or was — one of the only non-white male voices in the upper echelons of power in the Trump administration. Additionally, at present, her resignation is simply being reported — there could be gaps in the currently available public understanding of the situation. In other words, for now — stay tuned.