Top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee expresses concern over Haley departure

Top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee expresses concern over Haley departure

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WASHINGTON – The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed concern following an announcement by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley that she will leave the administration at the end of the year.

“Today’s announcement that Ambassador Nikki Haley is resigning is yet another sign of the Trump administration’s chaotic foreign policy and setback from promoting American values and priorities. I am deeply concerned about the leadership vacuum she leaves and the national security impact on her departure at this time of continued disarray for this administration,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a statement.

Menendez added: “I want to thank Ambassador Haley for her willingness to express moral clarity to the world and to President Trump, and promote American values and leadership on the global stage, even when she lacked the backing of the White House or State Department.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) offered glowing praise for Haley’s service.

Haley announced her decision at an informal Oval Office news conference with President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning. The announcement was preceded by an Axios report that said Haley tenured her resignation earlier in the day.

Haley said serving as UN ambassador has been “the honor of a lifetime.” She touted the administration’s foreign policy achievements, including increased sanctions on the regime in North Korea, withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

However, Haley said that after having served as ambassador for nearly two years she felt new blood was needed. Haley refuted claims that she is planning to run for president in 2020 and asserted she will campaign for Trump’s re-election that year.

Haley, 46, became UN ambassador in late January 2017. Prior to that position she served six years as governor of South Carolina. Haley is the only person of color and the first woman to serve at the helm of the Palmetto State. She is also the nation’s second Indian-American governor, following former Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. Haley was born in South Carolina and is the daughter of immigrants from Punjab, India. Prior to becoming governor, she served six years in South Carolina’s House of Representatives.

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