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Nikki Haley resigns as President Trump's U.N. Ambassador

Lexington, SC (Angelica Iglesias) – Former Lexington resident and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced today, October 9, she will be stepping down as President Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the end of the year.

According to Axios, Haley told President Trump approximately six months ago that she wanted to resign at the end of the year, but he took the official resignation last week. The two held a press conference at the White House this morning to discuss the matter.

“The United States is respected again. Countries might not always like what we do, but they know we will do what we say,” Haley said during the press conference about her time as ambassador. During her time in the job, she is most known for moving the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a controversial move that was delayed by several White House administrations.

“I do believe in term limits and understanding when it is your time to step aside and allow someone else to do the job,” Haley said at the press conference. She was the governor of South Carolina for six years and U.N. Ambassador for two years. As governor, she handled a mass church shooting based on race, a 1,000 year flood that came in the form of Hurricane Joaquin, and a murder-suicide on the University of South Carolina’s campus. When she became the ambassador to the U.N., her work did not get any lighter; she dealt with issues like possible war with North Korea and terrorism from Iran.

She currently has no plans after she steps down. She says she will not be running for president in the 2020 election but will be endorsing President Trump for a second term. She says she is looking forward to having a bit of a break.

Nikki Haley was a resident of Lexington during her political career in South Carolina. She was a Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives for District 87 in Lexington County for six years before running for governor. This made her the first Indian-American to hold office in South Carolina; when elected governor, she was the state’s first female governor. She is originally from Bamberg, SC and graduated from Orangeburg Preparatory Schools. She attended Clemson University.

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