President Trump’s United Nations ambassador dismisses speculation that she intends to challenge him in 2020
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, had always seemed like the odd one out in the Trump administration.
An Indian-American woman in a crowd of mostly white, male cabinet members. A potential, future political rival to a president who prizes loyalty and compliance above all.
And yet, she outlasted many of her colleagues, carving out a role in her first year as the president’s most visible foreign-policy voice.
On Tuesday, in a surprise Oval Office announcement, President Donald Trump said that Haley planned to step down by year’s end.
Seated beside the president, Haley didn’t exactly say why. But she quickly sought to preempt speculation she was leaving to mount a political challenge to the president in 2020, insisting instead that she would campaign on his behalf.
“I’m a believer in term limits, I think you have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside and allow someone else to do the job,” said Haley, a former governor of South Carolina. “Sometimes it’s good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it.”