Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley turned in her resignation to President Donald Trump and will end her tenure as United Nations Ambassador at the end of this year.
In a meeting between the two in which the press was invited as onlookers, Haley assured the President she wasn’t leaving in order to mount a challenge to him for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, which many political watchers have long suspected.
Haley dismissed that notion.
“No, I am not running in 2020,” she said, adding she’ll be working to get Trump reelected in two years. “I look forward to supporting the president in the next election,” she added.
Haley was previously South Carolina’s governor, where national media credited her with removing the confederate flag from the statehouse after 9 African-Americans were gunned down by a racist White teen inside a Charleston church.
Haley initially declined to remove the rebel flag, but reportedly reconsidered after pressure from national Republicans.
News outlets suggest Haley is leaving so she can get a bigger paycheck. She earns $180,000 per year as an ambassador, but she and her husband are reportedly almost $1 million in debt. Her time as South Carolina Governor and then U.S. Ambassador likely opened up some financial opportunities for Haley, which she probably is ready to take advantage of.
Political watchers say, however, that Haley is likely a future candidate.