Nikki Haley Resigns as UN Ambassador

Alex Judd

On October 9th, it was announced that Nikki Haley will resign as the US ambassador to the UN  and by the end of 2018 there will be a new UN ambassador, hand picked by the president. It was a relatively unexciting announcement, the complete opposite of most of the other drama filled turnovers during Trump’s presidency. In fact, there seems to have been no drama with the president in this situation, as we stated that the ambassador will be missed. When it comes to her timing, her hinted aspirations, and her stance in the White House, there is no internal drama in this relationship.

What we have to remember is exactly when she announced her resignation. For one, it was right after Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh was approved. On this subject, Nikki Haley gave a seemingly neutral response. In particular, she said that “every accuser always deserves the right to be heard, but at the same time, the accused deserves the right to be heard.” Thinking on this, we have to realize just how neutral this is. She is merely stating how proper proceedings go. Nikki Haley states that both sides matter, even adding the ambiguity that “We don’t know the situation she was going through 35 years ago. We don’t know the circumstances.” A response like this is perfectly balanced between both Kavanaugh and Ford. Both statements put either side in favor, so we can’t really peer into her affect. We also have to remember she came out with this statement before midterms. Oftentimes, this is said to be a decent political move, making sure either a politician will hang onto the coattails of their party, or jump off before they’re associated with it. Historically (Since 1952), there has been a negative trend in this coattails effect. This is where the president’s residing party will lose overall power in the government the more that their presidency has gone on. That being said, this isn’t an outrageous move that Nikki Haley made to resign, as her reputation could be harmed by association.

Secondly, numerous articles stated that Nikki Haley seems to prefer moving to the private sector for now. She’s been governor for eight years, and now as UN ambassador for about a year. She could easily attempt to go back to politics, but it seems something else is catching her attention. A Wall Street Journal entry stated Nikki Haley is in at least $1.5 million dollars of debt. A Times article breaks this down, showing that, more or less, she has debt in a mortgage, and a few credit cards. So in all reality, it’s most likely just a car, college for her child, and a house. This seems rather ordinary, and not an alarming situation. However, it’s something everyone has to tackle. Being an ambassador, surprisingly, is not actually that profitable either. It was reported she made around $180,000 That isn’t a bad salary by any stretch, but she’s looking at a different focus- something less involved fame and reputation.

Finally, there is a bit of back and forth whether there was hostility in this resignation or not. However, the only subjects that were disagreed upon were on Russia, when it came to foreign relations. Nikki Haley was on pretty good terms with the White House, and did not have a scandal upon leaving. There’s really nothing out of the ordinary here with announcing a resignation at this time. It’s pretty noble, really. She had business to take care of- a family to attend to, and her current job couldn’t provide for that. Due to this, she talked with the White House sometime six months ago, and now here we are, and on a just-barely-insignificant-enough day, Nikki Haley announces that she has to go. Even cabinet turnovers happen often enough. It has been noted that there’s been a relatively higher rate with this presidency, but cabinet members resigning, reshuffling executive power, and the overall White House has a turnover of staff. Staying focused on the midterm elections, but even more so: local politicians, such as Joe Ciresi and Scott Wagner. These are the topics that should be the highest precedence for us.


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