Ha­ley re­sign­ing as UN en­voy

Trump: Daugh­ter Ivanka not in run­ning for post

USA TODAY International Edition - - FRONT PAGE - David Jack­son, John Fritze and Deirdre Sh­es­green

WASH­ING­TON – Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, Nikki Ha­ley, said Tues­day she will step down at the end of the year, an un­ex­pected de­par­ture as the ad­min­is­tra­tion makes fun­da­men­tal changes to U.S. pol­icy abroad. Ha­ley, a for­mer South Carolina gov­er­nor who be­came one of the most prom­i­nent women in Trump’s Cab­i­net, helped the pres­i­dent em­brace a more iso­la­tion­ist ap­proach while de­liv­er­ing a steady mes­sage when White House pol­icy was un­clear. The move, less than a month be­fore the midterm elec­tions, set off ram­pant spec­u­la­tion about who would fill the Se­nate-con­firmed po­si­tion. Trump dis­missed the idea of ap­point­ing his daugh­ter Ivanka and con­firmed he would con­sider Dina Pow­ell, a for­mer deputy na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser. Ini­tially a critic of Trump, Ha­ley

main­tained high stand­ing in the ad­min­is­tra­tion de­spite oc­ca­sional dis­agree­ments with the pres­i­dent that spilled into pub­lic view. She is a po­ten­tial can­di­date for higher of­fice – in­clud­ing for pres­i­dent – an idea she down­played dur­ing a meet­ing with Trump at the White House. “She’s done a fan­tas­tic job, and we’ve done a fan­tas­tic job to­gether,” Trump said. “We’ve solved a lot of prob­lems.” The daugh­ter of im­mi­grants from In­dia, Ha­ley was a South Carolina leg­is­la­tor who rode a wave of tea party move­ment sup­port to win the gov­er­nor’s race in 2010. She won re-elec­tion in 2014 but cut her sec­ond term short to join Trump’s diplo­matic team. Although she’s one of Trump’s long­est-serv­ing aides, there has been fric­tion be­tween the two. In April, White House aides crit­i­cized Ha­ley for get­ting ahead of the ad­min­is­tra­tion in an­nounc­ing Rus­sia sanc­tions. Ha­ley bris­tled at top eco­nomic ad­viser Larry Kud­low’s sug­ges­tion that the U.N. am­bas­sador had “mo­men­tary con­fu­sion” over the is­sue. “With all due re­spect, I don’t get con­fused,” Ha­ley replied. The U.N. am­bas­sador said she had a “per­sonal con­ver­sa­tion” with Trump af­ter he sug­gested both sides were re­spon­si­ble for vi­o­lence that broke out at a white na­tion­al­ist demon­stra­tion last year in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia. A coun­ter­demon­stra­tor was killed by a car driven by a man who had ex­pressed neo-Nazi be­liefs. Brett Bruen, who was global en­gage­ment di­rec­tor in Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, said Ha­ley’s res­ig­na­tion was a “sig­nif­i­cant blow” to Trump’s abil­ity to ex­e­cute for­eign pol­icy. He said U.N. am­bas­sadors nor­mally stay for a full term, in part be­cause it takes time to build the re­la­tion­ships and trust needed to be suc­cess­ful. “At the U.N., it’s not a sit­u­a­tion where you get to para­chute in and ef­fect im­me­di­ate change,” Bruen said. “For her to walk away half­way through that process leaves the United States vul­ner­a­ble at a very se­ri­ous time.” Trump said the search for a re­place­ment would be­gin im­me­di­ately, but his daugh­ter, a White House aide, wouldn’t be in the run­ning be­cause he didn’t want to be ac­cused of nepo­tism. Ha­ley re­jected talk of her own pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and said she in­tends to sup­port Trump for re-elec­tion. “No. I am not run­ning in 2020,” she said. Ha­ley de­scribed her legacy as help­ing to change the way the United States is viewed in the world. “Now, the United States is re­spected,” Ha­ley said. “Coun­tries may not like what we do, but they re­spect what we do. They know that if we say we’re go­ing to do some­thing, we fol­low it through.”

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says he and Nikki Ha­ley did “a fan­tas­tic job.”

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