Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.
In a presidential administration that has seen the departure of so many people, as of Tuesday, October 9, 2018, we can add another name to that list. That name is Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations. She announced Tuesday that she would resign at the end of the year.
I first heard about this story on the political website known as The Palmer Report. I am baffled and shocked in a way that there have been so many resignations in this administration. What follows is a reading response to and analysis of this story using multiple sources. There will also be an explanation as to how Haley’s resignation impacted the United States.
Bill Palmer of The Palmer Report Offers His Perspective on the Story
Bill Palmer, writer and owner of the political newsletter The Palmer Report writes that the Citizens for Ethics (CREW) political watchdog group publicly came out against Haley and accused her of having “accepted seven free flights for herself and her husband on luxury private aircraft from three South Carolina businessmen,” (Palmer, 2018). What does this mean for the United States going forward? It means that President Trump will have to select a person to replace her as UN Ambassador, and who that person will be is anyone’s guess.
The New York Times reports that possible successors for Haley include Dina Powell and Richard A. Grenell. Palmer also suggests that “Nikki Haley’s once potential-laden political career ended the day she took a job in the radioactive Trump regime,” (Palmer, 2018). I wouldn’t say that Haley’s political career is over because that kind of assertion is just an educated guess by Palmer. He also says that the ethics scandal currently facing Haley will catch up with her if she tries to enter politics again. Really?
Is Nikki Haley's Political Career Over? Not Necessarily
It seems to me that in the American political landscape of today, anything is a possibility given how corrupt the US Congress has become, especially due to the rise of corporate power and special interest groups and the fact that Americans are so attention-obsessed that anyone that is caught up in a scandal grabs their attention.
At the moment, federal ethics rules and regulations do not allow employees to accept gifts because of their position. Since this is the case, if these accusations are true, Mrs. Haley may be in a whole lot of trouble later on. There is speculation by those who know her that she is likely to run for President in 2024. I would say that there is a better chance of Paul Ryan running for President than Nikki Haley, given the power and influence that he has had in the US government.
Nikki Haley Speaks Up About Her Decision to Resign
Haley spoke about her decision to resign, saying that “It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day and defend America. I’ll never truly step aside from fighting for our country. But I will tell you that I think it’s time,” (Haberman, 2018). Even though Haley announced that she has no plans of running for President in 2020, she may make a run for the White House in 2024.
My bets are still on Paul Ryan running in 2024, though. If history has been any indication, we should never take at face value anyone that says publicly that they will never run for President. That’s what Donald Trump told Larry King back in 1987, and look what happened in 2016.
Speculation Has Arisen Since Haley is from South Carolina
There is also word from many people on social media that if Donald Trump fires Jeff Sessions and replaces him with Lindsey Graham as Attorney General, then that move leaves his Senate seat open. Remember that Haley herself is from South Carolina.
There may be more going on here. Haley will depart from the Donald Trump White House after being involved in government for nearly eight years, six of those spent as Governor of South Carolina and almost two years in the White House. But all is not good news for Haley going forward as “her 2018 financial disclosure report shows Ms. Haley has at least $1.5 million in debts, including more than $1 million for her mortgage,” (Haberman, 2018).
Haley is already massively mired in debt in addition to the possible ethics scandal that she is facing now. A future presidential run for Haley if she decides to do it would cost her lots of money. She would have to have the financial capital to make that run in addition to accepting money from lobbyists and corporations.
The New York Times Article About Nikki Haley
The New York Times article also mentions that Haley is a supporter of free markets and international trade. When she was governor, she spoke out against the Confederate flag after the 2015 incident at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Haley really was critical of Donald Trump’s demeanor, warning us what it might mean for American diplomacy.
Anyone that has seen what has been happening in the United States the last two years knows that Donald Trump is not diplomatically gifted and he lacks the eloquence and oratorical ability of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Haley also had enough sense to realize that Trump’s lashing out at whoever criticizes him could lead to a world war, a possibility too scary to even think about.
I congratulate Mrs. Haley for even having some sense to realize Trump’s flaws. This New York Times article is very well analyzed and written because it points out some of Haley’s most notable accomplishments when she was governor. The article also shows that she was not always in agreement with the Administration’s policies which is a welcome relief to those of us on the left. At least she is not mentally unhinged like Senator Lindsey Graham, who is now a big supporter of President Donald Trump.
What Should the Trump Administration Do?
It is now the responsibility for the administration to make plans to choose Haley’s successor and someone that actually is qualified and capable to do this job. This statement is not made to downplay Haley's qualifications, but the administration must be smart about this. Will Trump select a qualified and capable person for UN Ambassador? That is anyone’s guess. The United States will lose an experienced politician in Haley, who seems to be one of the more moderate and reasonable voices in the Republican Party.
Nikki Haley's Coming Resignation and Impact on the United States
As we update this article, it was reported by the Chicago Tribune in July 2019 that Haley’s replacement Kelly Craft was confirmed by the US Senate after a 56-34 vote to become the next US envoy to the United Nations. Kraft vowed to continue to push for reforms at the UN and to fight against what is being called “anti-Israel" resolutions and actions by the United Nations. Such a policy position is the continuation by the United States to protect Israel at all costs. The impact of Nikki Haley’s resignation has been an even more likelihood by the Trump Administration to continue to try and support Israel any way that it can.
- Haberman, M. (2018, October 9). Nikki Haley to Resign as Trump’s Ambassador to the U.N. The New York Times.
- Palmer, B. (2018, October 9). Palmer Report. Retrieved from https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/reason-nikki-haley-resigned-un-trump/13320/
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© 2018 Ara Vahanian
Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on October 21, 2018:
I wrote the article to specifically analyze and mention what Nikki Haley's impending resignation might mean for the United States going forward. The article was not written to be overly critical of Donald Trump. No, actually Democrats don't all want us to be like Venezuela. Where did you get that idea from? Calling supporters of an entire political party stupid is one of the reasons why the United States has become so divided politically. This administration is going to have to find out who they are going to replace Haley with. Or are they going to leave this position empty for the near future? Something to think about.
Pollyannalana from US on October 21, 2018:
I sure never took you for a Republican. I am one though and we all love Trump because he stands for what we want even if he does have a loose stupid tongue sometimes, He could be worse, he could be a liberal that is not going to allow any man any rights (and guilty til proven innocent) and if I were one of you I would give that a good long thought.
They want us to be Venezuela and none of you can see that or knows what that would mean? I guess most of us are just in awe of the Democrat's stupidity. Most of us are developing whiplash from liberals destructive actions, honestly.
Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on October 11, 2018:
I would say there's not much commenting on politics on Hubpages maybe because some people might be scared to express their views out of fear of criticism. That's a fair guess on my part. I'm not a Republican but my focus for writing this piece was to try and present a different side, something maybe the mainstream media might not have covered. I would argue that actually the US was a better country all the way up until the 1980's and Reagonomics and deregulation of the banking system took place. Bill Clinton took office in 1993 and actually he improved the economy minus NAFTA which some people say that was counterproductive. I'm the wrong person for people to ask so I can blame Obama because I think he was great. In both 2008 and 2012, African American turnout surged partially because Obama is half black and his message resonated with them but that's a whole different story.
Brad on October 11, 2018:
Not a lot of commenters these days on hp.
"Donald Trump is not diplomatically gifted and he lacks the eloquence and oratorical ability of his predecessor, Barack Obama."
Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were diplomatically gifted, and eloquent and were great orators, but none of that translated into anything more than talk. They are examples of the phrases that talk is cheap.
Where president Trump excels over these two talkers is they he accomplishes and achieves his campaign promises. He puts the country and the people first in making America great. And it hadn't been great since the 1950s, and that was the result of a democrat war finishing, and not as the democrats say when Whites ruled the country.
Can you make a case for Bill Clinton or Barack Obama being being for the country and its people than Donald Trump. Convince me:)