Speaking at the Oval Office in the White House, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who resigned today, dismissed rumors that she would run for the presidency in 2020 and added that she will campaign for President Trump’s reelection.
Haley, who will leave her post at the end of the year, appeared with President Trump, pointed at the president and stated, “For all of you that are going to ask about 2020, no, I am not running [in] 2020. I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election,” according to The Washington Free Beacon. She added that her appointment to the U.N. post was “an honor of a lifetime.”
Trump, smiling, responded warmly, “That’s so good,” adding that Haley had been “very special” to him and had done a “fantastic job.” Haley continued by thanking Trump for her appointment and lauding him for making the United States “respected” again globally.
Haley asserted there were no “personal reasons” for her resignation and left the door open for future political office, affirming she would “never truly step aside from fighting for our country.” She added with reference to her tenure as governor of South Carolina:
I have given everything I’ve got these last eight years, and I do think that sometimes it’s good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it. The truth is I want to make sure this administration, the president has the strongest person to fight. It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day and defend America, and I’ll always do that. I’ll never truly step aside from fighting for our country. But I will tell you that I think it’s time.
Read the full text of Haley’s resignation letter below:
Dear Mr. President:
It has been an immense honor to serve our country in your Administration. I cannot thank you enough for giving me this opportunity.
You will recall that when you offered me the position of United States Ambassador to the United Nations in November 2016, I accepted the offer based on some conditions. Those conditions included serving in your Cabinet and on the National Security Council and being free to speak my mind on the issues of the day. You made those commitments and you have absolutely kept them all. For that too, I will always be grateful.
We achieved great successes at the UN. We passed the toughest sanctions against any country in a generation, pressuring North Korea toward denuclearization. We passed an arms embargo on South Sudan that will help reduce violence and hopefully bring peace to that troubled country. We stood up for our ally Israel and began to roll back the UN’s relentless bias against her. We reformed UN operations and saved over $1.3 billion. We spoke out resolutely against dictatorships in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and yes, Russia. Through it all, we stood strong for American values and interests, always placing America first. I am proud of our record.
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 private sector is not a step down but a step up.
Accordingly, I am resigning my position. To give you time to select a replacement, and to give the Senate time to consider your selection, I am prepared to continue to serve until January 2019.
At that point, I will once again become a private citizen. I expect to continue to speak out from time to time on important public policy matters, but I will surely not be a candidate for any office in 2020. As a private citizen, I look forward to supporting your re-election as President, and supporting the policies that will continue to move our great country toward even greater heights.
With best wishes and deep gratitude,