Haley Timed Exit To Avoid Appearance Of Leaving In Response To Midterms, Russia Probe

on October 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley reportedly announced her departure on Tuesday — even though she’s leaving at the end of the year — because she wanted to avoid appearing as though she were leaving the Trump administration in response to potential negative outcomes of the midterm elections or any other negative news, Politico reported.

According to two people familiar with the matter, Haley also was trying to avoid the appearance that the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe had anything to do with her departure.

While Haley’s official story is that her exit is fueled by her passion for term limits, her allies say Haley felt she couldn’t move up any further in the Trump administration and she decided to “bow out,” in Politico’s words. Haley attempted to put any speculation about her political future to rest by saying she had no ambitions to run for president in 2020, but many anti-Trump Republicans are still hoping she’ll emerge as a primary challenger to the President.

According to a White House official who spoke to Politico, Haley’s political ambitions have always “irritated” Trump.

Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Managing Editor:
Senior News Editor:
Assistant Editor:
Editor at Large:
Investigations Desk:
Senior Political Correspondent:
Senior Editor:
Front Page Editor:
Social Media Editor:
Editor for Prime & Special Projects:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: