As governor, she developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided SC through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church.
The president said she "has been very special to me, she has done an incredible job, she is a fantastic person, very importantly, but she is also somebody that gets it". Nevertheless, the announcement surprised many in the Trump administration.
Haley gave no specific reason for leaving, saying she didn't have "anything set, ' adding that she believed in 'term limits" and letting someone else take on the challenging post. She spoke out against racism and on issues of gender. "I think it's time".
President Donald Trump talks to Nikki Haley at the United Nations General Assembly. 'You can have your pick, ' he said. Marco Rubio, who wanted to push the party toward a more multicultural future. He said that Haley could come back to the administration in +any capacity.
"I don't have anything set on where I'm going to go", Haley said, adding that "it has been the honor of a lifetime" to serve as United Nations ambassador.
Among the names floated as possible replacements for Haley are: Trump's former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and senior adviser and daughter of the President Ivanka Trump.
Republican lawmakers swiftly praised Mrs Haley after the news broke.
The meeting will be covered by a White House pool reporter. The sudden move sent shockwaves through the foreign policy community within the Trump administration.
"I am deeply concerned about the leadership vacuum she leaves and the national security impact of her departure at this time of continued disarray", Menendez said in a statement.
According to CREW, Haley claimed she and Gibbs had been friends for five years, during her tenure as the state's governor. We passed the toughest sanctions against any country in a generation, pressuring North Korea toward denuclearization. She cited US action on Syrian chemical weapons, trade deals, the arms embargo in South Sudan, U.N. sanctions against North Korea, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and moving the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
In December, she said that women who had accused Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard". Haley enjoys strong support among Republicans and has always been rumored to harbor future presidential ambitions.
When asked if she would take the job by then-chief of staff Reince Priebus, Haley was intrigued but had some conditions. CNN reported that Haley had arrived at the West Wing on Tuesday morning. Some even speculated that she would soon run for president herself. "She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together".
Haley was a strong pro-Israel voice at the United Nations, where the Jewish state has been increasingly isolated in recent years.
"Look at the two years, look at what has happened in two years with the United States on foreign policy".
A Washington watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), called for an investigation into her use of private travel on the government's dime. The latter two are CEOs of private companies in SC. The Senate confirmed her in January 2017 with overwhelming bipartisan support, 96-4.