US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley resigns
US President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
He told reporters in the Oval Office that she would be leaving the post at the end of the year after doing "an incredible job".
Joined by the former South Carolina governor in the Oval Office, he invited her to come back in a different role. "You can have your pick," he said.
Nikki Haley was confirmed as US envoy to the UN in January 2017.
US President Donald Trump said Haley had told him six months ago she wanted to take some time off.
She told reporters that despite speculation, she was not planning to run for president in 2020 and would be campaigning for Donald Trump, who has already announced his re-election bid.
Her exit comes after she served as the temporary president of the UN Security Council for one month.
Nikki Haley's Twitter bio has already removed all references to her role as UN ambassador.
In April, she clashed with the White House when a Trump aide suggested she had prematurely announced a new round of sanctions against Russia.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters Haley had gotten "ahead of the curve" by previewing the policy, putting her remarks down to "momentary confusion".
She fired back hours later telling Fox News: "With all due respect, I don't get confused."
The daughter of immigrants from India, Nikki Haley was a frequent and early critic of President Trump during his election campaign whilst she served as the Republican governor of South Carolina.
In December 2017, she said that the women who had accused Trump of sexual assault "should be heard".
At one point she suggested that Trump's rhetoric could trigger a world war.
Who is Nikki Haley?
- Nikki Haley, born Nimrata Randhawa to Indian immigrant parents, was raised as a Sikh in Bamberg, South Carolina, later converting to Christianity
- Her first job as a 13-year-old was bookkeeping for her family's clothing store
- In 2010, she became South Carolina's first female and first minority governor - and the youngest governor in the country. She was re-elected to the post in 2014, serving until she joined the Trump cabinet in 2016
- Nikki Haley gained national prominence for her response to a mass shooting in June 2015 at a predominantly African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina when she removed the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds, receiving praise from both sides of the aisle
- Before becoming the US envoy, Haley had little foreign policy experience, though she did travel abroad as governor to broker economic deals for South Carolina
- While she eventually did back Donald Trump, she did not endorse him during the 2016 presidential campaign, instead backing Florida Senator Marco Rubio
- Nikki Haley is married to Army National Guard Captain Michael Haley, and the couple have two teenage children