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Shocker! Haley Resigns as U.S. UN Ambassador

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Shocker! Haley Resigns as U.S. UN Ambassador

Shocker! Haley Resigns as U.S. UN Ambassador
October 11
17:40 2018

In a move so sudden it shocked her own staff, on October 9, 2018, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley submitted her resignation after 19 months on the job. She will perform her duties until the end of the year.

Haley, a Republican, was confirmed as the U.S. UN ambassador a mere four days after President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated. She was seen as an earnest and determined ally to the new administration who supported the president’s America First policy.

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After her nomination, President Trump called Haley a “proven deal-maker” with a “track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation.”

Haley called her tenure as UN ambassador the “honor of a lifetime” and said, “I proudly serve in this administration. But I don’t agree with the president on everything.”

Haley will be best remembered for accusing the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) of bias before withdrawing the U.S. from it. On on April 9, 2018, Haley announced new sanctions against Russia because they had the “blood of Syrian children” on their hands.

When Haley assumed her new position at the UN, she said famously about opponents to Trump policies:

“For those who don’t have our backs, we’re taking names.”

After President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address in January 2016, Haley delivered the GOP response. After acknowledging the fact that the first black U.S. president had inspired millions of Americans, she got right to the point with the Obama administration’s shortcomings – and failures:

“Unfortunately, the President’s record has often fallen far short of his soaring words. As he enters his final year in office, many Americans are still feeling the squeeze of an economy too weak to raise income levels. We’re feeling a crushing national debt, a health care plan that has made insurance less affordable and doctors less available, and chaotic unrest in many of our cities. Even worse, we are facing the most dangerous terrorist threat our nation has seen since September 11th, and this president appears either unwilling or unable to deal with it.”

Haley then went on to include Republicans as part of the problem in the Washington, D.C. swamp. She said everyone needs to assume responsibility for past deeds and move on. “We need to fix it.”

Although herself a first-generation American, Haley was a staunch supporter of Trump’s hard stance on illegal immigration. She spoke plainly:

“We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.”

Haley spoke for God, national values, reasoned debate, lower taxes for working families, reduced debt, American innovation (what we used to call ingenuity), education and health care program reforms, religious liberty, the separation of powers, pro-Israeli international agreements, and military personnel.

Haley served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017. She was the youngest governor in U.S. history, the second person of Indian (from India) descent to govern a state, and the first Indian-American to serve as an ambassador to the UN. Under her administration, South Carolina added 85,000 jobs and had low unemployment.

Both of Haley’s parents immigrated to the United States from the city of Punjab. When the couple arrived in Bamberg, South Carolina, they were the first folks from India to become neighbors. Her father taught at Punjab Agricultural University and her mother earned a law degree from the University of Delhi.

To give you an idea of what life in small-town America was like for the young Nikki Haley, born on January 20, 1972, consider this shocking (by today’s standards) segregation story demonstrating the consciousness that fueled the U.S. civil rights movement from the 1960s:

“When Haley and her sister, Simran, entered the Little Miss Bamberg pageant, they were disqualified because the judges typically crowned one white and one black queen, and they didn’t know what to do with the Indian girls.”

As governor of South Carolina, Haley took a public stand against resettling refugees from Syria in her state. She also opposed Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Before she became governor of South Carolina, Haley served in that state’s House of Representatives for six years. She trained as an accountant and businesswoman. Although raised by Sikh parents, she converted to Christianity and attends a Methodist church.

In 2016, Time listed her as one of their “100 Most Influential People,” because “She rises to the challenge.” 2015 had been a rough year in 2015:

“Whether dealing with the hate-filled shootings of the Charleston Nine at Mother Emanuel AME Church, the removal of the Confederate battle flag flying over statehouse grounds, the police shooting of Walter Scott or a 1,000-year flood, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley led with determination, grace and compassion.”

Haley also made the Forbes Power Women list because of her ability to find ways “to work with countries to promote peace and stability while hewing close to Trump’s America First motto. She’s been the messenger for many of Trump’s concerns over the Iran nuclear deal and has pushed the U.N. to impose new sanctions on North Korea.”

Haley stated that she was stepping down from her important duties as UN Ambassador not because of any personal issues, but because she “long believed that rotation in office benefits the public.” In her resignation letter, she wrote:

“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.”

But some suspect Haley had other motives. The controversial, conservative, cable news correspondent Jack Posobiec tweeted on October 9:
“I’m told the Nikki Haley resignation is directly related to trying to avoid an ethics investigation on private jet flights she received.”

American lawyer, journalist, author, and the man who wrote up the Edward Snowden revelations about the U.S. surveillance state, Glenn Greenwald tweeted on October 9 that the “pro-war, pro-imperialist” Haley was “the most beloved Trump official by the war-loving US media. She held every conventional foreign policy view that has generated so much destruction.”

By stepping away from the UN at year’s end, Haley may well be positioning herself to accept a higher-paying position in the private sector. She has quashed rumors that she intends to run against President Trump in the 2020 election. However, some observers have suggested that Haley has her eyes on entering the 2024 race for U.S. president.

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  1. Mr. Knozit
    Mr. Knozit October 14, 01:12

    At 83,I hope to be around long enough to see Nikki be like Haley’s Comet (thanks to editorial cartoonist Robert Aarial) and if not before, seek the presidency of our great land! I have admired her and her family since emceeing their International Festival in Bamberg years ago when they owned The high-end clothing store Exotica and then her friendship when Governor of SC helping with THe First Family Easter Egg Hunts at the mansion! BRAVA Nikki Haley! Agape’

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