With the abrupt Tuesday announcement that Nikki Haley would be leaving her position as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations sometime before the end of the year — or so — speculation has swirled as to why. Now, her own claimed reasoning for her move has surfaced in the form of a publicly available copy of her resignation letter. In it, she praises the concept of term limits, noting that she’s served in government for 14 straight years and is ready to return to private life.
She wrote, addressing the president:
‘As a strong supporter of term limits, I have long believed that rotation in office benefits the public. Between the UN Ambassadorship and serving in the South Carolina Governorship and General Assembly, I have been in public office for fourteen straight years. As a businessman, I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the public sector is not a step down but a step up.’
On that note, she asserts in the letter that she has no immediate plans to run for public office. Shooting down those who have suggested she’s preparing to run for president in 2020, she says she will be sticking with Donald Trump come the next presidential election.
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Suggested drivers of her departure have included reduced influence and respect at the United Nations and even a burgeoning possible scandal over private businessmen-funded travel. In her resignation letter, though, she glosses over any concerns about her time in the position, praising the president for his handling of situations she’s been involved in and including a call out to the supposedly bright future waiting for the United States under the leadership of Donald Trump.
Although some fuss has been made at times over issues like her harshness against Russia in the face of Trump’s continued capitulation, she’s stuck with the president on a whole host of issues. Included developments range from spiked harshness towards Iran — in the form of renewed tough sanctions — to the United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. The U.S. has claimed that the body is unfairly biased against Israel — which does, mind you, hold an entire area under endless military blockade. But hey — bros (the U.S. and Israel) are gonna bro, right?
What, if anything, changes in U.S. foreign policy going forward remains an open question. Suggested replacements have included former Trump administration Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell and currently serving U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who attracted negative attention on his first day in Berlin over a harsh call for German businesses to stop working with Iranian interests.
Germany, unlike the United States under Trump, has remained committed to the Iran nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and Grenell’s remarks sparked a call for him to be summoned before the German government for a reprimand.
The issue is one of many on which the Trump administration has diverged from the world and is likely to continue on with for the indefinite future.
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