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Nikki Haley resigns as U.N. ambassador

October 9, 2018

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is meeting with President Trump Tuesday morning amid reports that he has accepted her resignation.

Axios reported the timing of her resignation is unclear. Ms. Haley has been a foreign-policy star of the administration, leading the president’s charge in confronting Iran, North Korea and other hostile nations.

The meeting with Ms. Haley was not on the president’s public schedule. The White House decided to open the meeting to the media. It would be unusual for a high-profile member of the president’s team to depart just before a mid-term election.

Before meeting with the president, she declined to tell a reporter from Reuters whether she was resigning.

The resignation came amid reports that a government watchdog group in Washington is calling for an investigation into Ms. Haley’s use of private planes owned by a South Carolina businessman.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washingtonhas accused Ms. Haley of undervaluing the flights by tens of thousands of dollars on her annual financial disclosure form required of federal officials.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says the flights create the impression of impermissible gifts to a public official, according to The Observer, which reported that Ms. Haley said on her financial disclosure form that the businessmen are all personal friends and, thus, exempt from federal rules about accepting flights on private planes.

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