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Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to UN; says not to run against Trump

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

In a sudden move, Indian-American US to the resigned Tuesday, becoming the latest casualty in the dysfunctional just weeks ahead of the crucial mid-term elections.

Donald Trump, who met in the Oval Office Tuesday, said that she had done a "fantastic job" and would leave at the end of the year.

"She told me probably six months ago," Trump told reporters, '"I want to take a little time off.'"

Trump said there are a number of people who would like to do this job and that this is a more glamorous position that it was a couple of years ago, appreciating her work.

Haley, considered as a moderate Republican alternative to Trump, in her remarks insisted that she is not going to run for in 2020 and will campaign for Trump.

Haley, 46, was the senior most Indian-American in the

Her resignation just ahead of the crucial mid-term elections in November came as a shock and surprise to the American foreign policy and national security experts who believe it was a big loss to the

She is latest Republican to exit the Trump administration.

Trump had fired his Lt Gen H R McMaster in April.

In March, one of Trumps longest-serving and trusted aides resigned as the Also, White House's top resigned over his differences with Trump on trade policy.

Trump had sacked his of State and replaced him with CIA in March.

In her remarks, said that this is an honour of a lifetime to serve in the administration as she listed out the key accomplishments of the Trump Administration at the and foreign policy in the last two years.

Trump told Haley that "you have been very special to me," and that she has done an "incredible job".

Lauding her accomplishments on issues ranging from to at the United Nations, Trump said: "She got to know the players."

"They like her, except for maybe a couple, but that's normal," he said about China, India, and among others.

Haley visited in June on her first visit to the country after becoming the US to the UN.

She said she's a "lucky girl" for having been able to serve as (governor) and She said she is not leaving till the end of the year.

In response to questions, Trump said, "many people" and interested in succeeding Haley and a replacement will be named in two or three weeks or maybe sooner.

Haley was confirmed as UN four days after Trump was inaugurated in January 2017. She had scripted history by becoming the first-ever Indian-American to be appointed to a cabinet-level post in any

The daughter of Indian immigrants from Punjab, Haley was the first woman tapped by Trump for a top-level administration post during his transition to the

Haley's nomination was a turning point for the Indian-American community which is increasingly playing greater role in American

She was critical of Trump during the primary campaign and had backed Senator in the However, before the general elections, she switched her position, saying she would vote for Trump.

Born Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa, Haley is the first minority and female of South Carolina, a deeply conservative state with a long history of racial strife.

She is the first Indian-American woman and the second Indian-American of any State. Prior to becoming governor, she represented in the House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.

Prior to dedicating her life to public service, Haley worked at her family business.

Haley and her husband, Michael, a in the Army and combat veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan's Helmand Province, have two children, and

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 21:05 IST