Nikki Haley reportedly resigns as US ambassador to the UN

  • Nikki Haley on Tuesday abruptly resigned as US ambassador to the United Nations, Axios reports.

  • It's not clear why she resigned but she reportedly discussed her departure with the president last week.

Nikki Haley on Tuesday abruptly resigned as US ambassador to the United Nations, Axios reports.

The reasons for her departure are unclear and this was not expected. Haley reportedly had a discussion about her resignation with President Donald Trump during a visit to the White House last week.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has been among the more moderate members of Trump's administration. She had a tough job from the start representing the Trump administration's agenda in the UN, a body the president has long criticized.

This news comes less than a month after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, which was somewhat of a rocky affair for the president. During his address to the UNGA, world leaders laughed at Trump as he claimed his administration had accomplished more than any other in US history.

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Haley claimed the media had mischaracterized the laughter and contended it was actually a sign of respect.

"They love how honest he is," she told "Fox & Friends" in late September. "It's not diplomatic, and they find it funny. I mean, when he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it."

"Whether he said good things about him or not, they love that he's honest with them," Haley added at the time. "And they've never seen anything like it, so there's a respect there. I saw that the media was trying to make it something disrespectful; that's not what it was. They love to be with him."