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What they're saying: Nikki Haley resigns as UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned and will exit her role at the end of the year.

Why it matters: Widely considered one of the more moderate Republican voices left in Trump's Cabinet, Haley had earned praise from diplomats and politicians across the ideological spectrum during her time as UN ambassador. At a press conference announcing her resignation, President Trump thanked Haley for her service and told her she had "done a fantastic job."

Read Nikki Haley's resignation letter

Nikki Haley and Trump in Oval Office
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In a resignation letter obtained by The Washington Post, outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told President Trump she expects to "continue to speak out from time to time on important public policy matters," but that she will not be a candidate "for any office" in 2020.

Go deeper: Nikki Haley is popular across the political spectrum