“At the end of the year, Nikki will be leaving,” the president said, according to pool reporters in the room.
Mr. Trump, meeting with Haley in the Oval Office, informed reporters Tuesday Haley had told him about six months ago that she wanted a break. The president said Haley has been very special to him, and they will be in constant touch.
Haley’s impending departure came as a shock to Washington, amid crucial times for foreign policy, and one month ahead of November’s midterms. Axios first reported Haley’s resignation.
Haley has charted her own course during the Trump administration, backing the president but also admitting in a recent op-ed that sometimes she disagrees with him. Her op-ed was a response to an anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times from someone who identified as a senior administration official. Haley’s op-ed was headlined, “When I challenge the president, I do it directly. My anonymous colleague should have, too.”
“I, too, am a senior Trump administration official,” Haley wrote in her op-ed. “I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country. But I don’t agree with the president on everything. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.”
Haley was an opponent of Mr. Trump’s during the 2016 presidential race, and endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio when she left the race. Since then, the two made amends — although, as Haley noted, she and the president were not always in lock-step agreement.
This is a developing story and will be updated.