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  • Nikki Haley and Donald Trump at the joint press conference in the Oval Office

    Nikki Haley and Donald Trump at the joint press conference in the Oval Office | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 October 2018

Friend to Israel and the vanguard of the Trump administration's diplomatic attacks against Nicaragua and Venezuela, Haley will step down by the end of this year.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley resigned Tuesday morning. The official announcement was made by Haley in a joint press conference with President Donald Trump. "Now the U.S. is respected. Other countries may not like what we do but they respect what we do," Haley stressed as she described a job she called the "honor of a lifetime." 

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During the announcement, Trump said she will be leaving by the end of the year and said she is welcome to come back and work with the administration. "You can have your pick," Trump said. 

She was an outspoken supporter of Trump's widely-criticized foreign policy.  

In December 2017, after she stood by Trump's undiplomatic to recognize the occupied city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, she shamelessly issued a threat to all sovereign nations of the world ahead of a vote in the U.N. General Assembly on the issue of Jerusalem.

“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue,” Haley said. Despite her warning, an overwhelming number of countries voted to reject the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Haley is a known friend of the Zionist movement. In March 2018, speaking at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) event, she accused the U.N. of bullying Israel and warned, “we will not stand for it any longer.”  

Months later in June, Haley announced the U.S. was pulling out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a “cesspool of political bias.” In her announcement, Haley attacked the council’s “excessive” focus on Israel.

She was also at the forefront of the Trump administration's diplomatic attacks against Nicaragua and Venezuela. In September, despite opposition by other members of the U.N. Security Council, the United States proceeded to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the agenda to push the U.S. interventionist agenda against these countries.

Haley issued calls on the world’s leaders to take action against Nicaragua and to maintain the policy of economic and financial sanctions against Venezuela. “The Security Council should not – it cannot – be a passive observer as Nicaragua continues to decline into a failed, corrupt, and dictatorial state. Because we know where this path leads,” she argued.

During the joint press conference, Haley said while she will not run for the 2020 presidential elections, as its been mentioned, she looks forward to supporting President Trump's upcoming campaign.

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