U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki Haley’s abrupt announcement Tuesday that she was resigning from her publish surprised Washington, D.C., opened the door to rampant hypothesis and left shocked mainstream media members scrambling to piece the story collectively.
“[Haley] was late to jump on the Trump train, but she does seem to have a good working relationship with the president,” Fox Information’s “MediaBuzz” host Howard Kurtz stated on the community’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 mentioned particulars surrounding her resignation with Trump final week. The president advised reporters that Haley had broached the subject of resigning close to her two-year mark with him six months in the past.
The 2 look like parting on good phrases, and Haley advised reporters throughout her joint look with Trump Tuesday that she has no 2020 political ambitions. Though Haley provided no particular purpose as to why she selected to resign, she informed reporters that each one authorities officers should 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 famous on Twitter.
As you learn the mass fevered hypothesis about Nikki Haley’s motivations… I broke the story and nonetheless do not know about the actual backstory. Some very senior officers – together with Mike Pompeo – have been taken by shock.
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) October 9, 2018
Haley, a former GOP South Carolina governor and the nation’s second Indian-American governor, is certainly one of Trump’s most generally revered and well-liked officers. Though she criticized Trump throughout his 2016 presidential marketing campaign, as an envoy, Haley has provided full-throated defenses of Trump’s “America First” insurance 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.’”
Nikki Haley in 2016: Donald Trump is “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.”
Nikki Haley right now with Trump: “The U.S. is strong again.” https://t.co/kBJ7chVA6B
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 9, 2018
“Trump saying Nikki Haley, a woman who fearlessly took on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad and [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani, made the U.N. ambassador’s post ‘more glamorous’ actually made me throw up in my mouth a little,” CNN host S.E. Cupp tweeted.
Trump saying Nikki Haley, a lady who fearlessly took on Putin, Assad and Rouhani, made the U.N. ambassador’s publish “more glamorous” truly made me throw up in my mouth a bit.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 9, 2018
Mainstream media members reacted predictably and speculated about Haley’s reasoning for leaving the Trump administration and the timing of her announcement with various levels of bias.
“Nikki Haley now resigned. [Former national security adviser] HR McMaster forced out. Only [Secretary of Defense] Jim Mattis remains from the Nat Sec leadership team Axis of Adults,” CNN’s John Avlon tweeted.
Nikki Haley now resigned. HR McMaster pressured out. Solely Jim Mattis stays from the Nat Sec management group Axis of Adults.
— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) October 9, 2018
The Washington Publish columnist David Ignatius frightened on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” about “what the implications for the president are” with Haley’s resignation occurring in “such a delicate period.”
“My own first instinct is when you lose one of the most prominent women — perhaps the most prominent woman — in your administration at a time when Trump’s relationships with women, and dealings with issues that matter to women are of key concern to the country, that’s got to be trouble for Trump,” Ignatius stated.
Ignatius seemed to be referring partially to the fallout from Supreme Courtroom Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s bitterly partisan affirmation course of that was rocked by last-minute sexual assault allegations.
“It’s more the politics of this that interest me. Nikki Haley’s going to be in play now any time any issue involving women’s issues, foreign policy comes up, people will ask what does Nikki Haley think? That is probably just what she wants,” Ignatius added.
Anchor Andrea Mitchell described Haley as “one of the administrations’s last moderate Republican voices” and mentioned “the politics of this — high level female appointee, a more moderate Republican, hard-line on some things, but certainly at odds with the president’s policies disbanding U.N. relief agencies and contributions to the agencies.”
It’s removed from clear why Mitchell described Haley as a “moderate,” because the ambassador emerged on the nationwide scene as a part of the Tea Celebration insurgency inside the Republican Celebration in 2009.
The Guardian reporter Sabrina Siddiqui advised Mitchell that Haley’s timing was fascinating in view of the upcoming midterm elections the place “there is certainly a lot of indication that it is going to be a potentially big year for Democrats.”
“And so if you are someone like Nikki Haley who has higher political ambitions, you might want to get out before that you have a narrative about an administration that is beset by further turmoil,” Siddiqui steered.
The Day by day Beast’s Sam Stein learn from Haley’s official resignation letter, saying, “She notably at the bottom of her resignation letter told the president, ‘I will speak out from time to time.’ She promised she would not run for any office in 2020, but she definitely did not preclude the idea that she would speak out.”
“And if you read out between the lines, it seems like she is telling him, ‘I might speak out against you,’” Stein added.
Mom Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn tweeted, “Remember Nikki Haley has enabled a man who mocked a sexual assault victim, who referred to white supremacists as ‘very fine people,’ who praised a murderous dictator, and who colluded with Putin’s coverup of the Russian attack on the United States. She owns all that.”
Keep in mind Nikki Haley has enabled a person who mocked a sexual assault sufferer, who referred to white supremacists as “very fine people,” who praised a murderous dictator, and who colluded with Putin’s coverup of the Russian assault on the USA. She owns all that.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 9, 2018
The Atlantic’s David Frum speculated, “Nikki Haley out hours after President Trump calls Blasey Ford an evil hoaxer. Probably just a coincidence.”
Ford was the primary ladies who got here ahead alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years in the past throughout a highschool gathering in Maryland.
Nikki Haley out hours after President Trump calls Blasey Ford an evil hoaxer. In all probability only a coincidence.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) October 9, 2018
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins stated on “Inside Politics” that “we’re going to expect a lot of people” within the Trump administration to resign “after the midterm elections” and questioned “who else would leave?”
Associated: Nikki Haley Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
CNN anchor John King stated that Haley “was able to keep her neocon, conservative credentials, embrace Trumpism to a degree” and “now she gets out and can watch this from afar and pick her moment to come back in.”
Kurtz predicted on “America’s Newsroom” that “eventually we will find out that perhaps Nikki Haley was a little bit frustrated about policy making, not necessarily about every issue.”
However Fox Information anchor Brett Baier additionally stated on “America’s Newsroom” that he didn’t consider Haley’s “surprising” resignation resulted from destructive causes.
“She has been as someone who has really stood up for Trump foreign policy. Every aspect of it,” Baier famous.
Townhall political editor and Fox Information contributor Man Benson tweeted, “I’m still a bit puzzled on the timing & exact reasons, BUT…it would appear Nikki Haley just managed to depart the Trump administration: – 100% on her own terms – 100% amicably – With an *enhanced* reputation. Quite a feat, actually.”
I’m nonetheless a bit puzzled on the timing & actual causes, BUT…it will seem Nikki Haley simply managed to depart the Trump administration:
– 100% on her personal phrases
– 100% amicably
– With an *enhanced* popularity.
Fairly a feat, truly.
— Man Benson (@guypbenson) October 9, 2018
ABC Information’ “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), expressed her “love” for Haley, saying, “My birthday is coming up. They asked me my ideal birthday guest. I said [Haley]. If she ends up primarying President Trump, girl, I’ll run your campaign.”
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