U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki Haley’s abrupt announcement Tuesday that she was resigning from her post stunned Washington, D.C., opened the door to rampant speculation and left shocked mainstream media members scrambling to piece the story together.
“[Haley] was late to jump on the Trump train, but she does seem to have a good working relationship with the president,” Fox News’s “MediaBuzz” host Howard Kurtz said on the network’s “America’s Newsroom.” “But I’ve got to tell you — my spidey-sense tells me there is more to the story.”
“It is very entertaining watching the journalists scramble for explanations and like, ‘Why wasn’t this leaked to us more than 20 minutes in advance, because secrets are so hard to keep in D.C.?’” Kurtz added.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan first reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump had accepted Haley’s resignation. Haley (pictured above) reportedly discussed details surrounding her resignation with Trump last week. The president told reporters that Haley had broached the topic of resigning near her two-year mark with him six months ago.
The two appear to be parting on good terms, and Haley told reporters during her joint appearance with Trump Tuesday that she has no 2020 political ambitions. Although Haley offered no specific reason as to why she chose to resign, she told reporters that all government officials must know “when it’s time to step aside.”
“As you read the mass fevered speculation about Nikki Haley’s motivations … I broke the story and still have no idea about the real backstory. Some very senior officials – including [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo – were taken by surprise,” Swan noted on Twitter.
As you read the mass fevered speculation about Nikki Haley’s motivations… I broke the story and still have no idea about the real backstory. Some very senior officials – including Mike Pompeo – were taken by surprise.
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) October 9, 2018
Haley, a former GOP South Carolina governor and the nation’s second Indian-American governor, is one of Trump’s most widely respected and well-liked officials. Although she criticized Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, as an ambassador, Haley has offered full-throated defenses of Trump’s “America First” policies.
CNN commentator Keith Boykin tweeted, “Nikki Haley in 2016: Donald Trump is ‘everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.’ Nikki Haley today with Trump: ‘The U.S. is strong again.’”
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