One door closes, but an­other looks ajar

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We may never know all the rea­sons why Nikki Ha­ley an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion this week, ef­fec­tive at the end of the year, as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions. The tim­ing, less than a month be­fore midterm elec­tions seen by many as a ref­er­en­dum on Trump’s lead­er­ship, was not ideal for the pres­i­dent or his party. But we have no rea­son to doubt that Ha­ley, a 46-year-old Repub­li­can twice elected gov­er­nor of South Carolina and one of the most prom­i­nent women in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, con­sid­ered her am­bas­sador­ship ‘‘the hon­our of a life­time’’. Nor do we doubt her sin­cer­ity when she touted the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s diplo­matic and for­eign­pol­icy achieve­ments, in­clud­ing its ‘‘amaz­ing’’ trade deals, stricter North Korean sanc­tions, tak­ing on the UN’s ‘‘anti-Is­rael’’ bias and mak­ing the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion ‘‘stronger’’ and ‘‘more ef­fi­cient’’ by cut­ting its bud­get by $1.3 bil­lion.

We’ll leave it to the his­to­ri­ans to de­cide Ha­ley’s true mo­ti­va­tions for step­ping down, and whether clashes with the pres­i­dent over Amer­i­can ‘‘val­ues and in­ter­ests’’ played a role, in­clud­ing her un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of hu­man rights and the rights of refugees. The daugh­ter of In­dian im­mi­grants, she’s long spo­ken of Amer­ica as a ‘‘bea­con of free­dom‘‘.

Could that in­clude a pres­i­den­tial run af­ter 2020? We wouldn’t count it out.

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