MNA International Desk: Nikki Haley, the first American of Indian descent to hold a cabinet-level position in the US, resigned as Ambassador to the UN on Tuesday and said that despite speculations she was not planning to run for President in 2020.
Haley sent her resignation directly to President Donald Trump, who told reporters in the Oval Office that she would be leaving the post at the end of the year after doing ‘an incredible job’, reported news agency.
Joined by the former South Carolina Governor in the Oval Office, Trump invited her to come back in a different role. ‘You can have your pick,’ he said.
According to reports, the President said that Haley had told him six months ago she wanted to take some time off. She was confirmed as US envoy to the UN in January 2017.
The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley was a frequent and early critic of Trump during his election campaign while she served as South Carolina Governor.
In December 2017, she said that the women who had accused Trump of sexual assault ‘should be heard’. At one point she suggested that Trump’s rhetoric could trigger a world war.