Nikki Haley will be gone as ambassador to the UN by the end of the year, and she explains in her resignation letter that it's time for a break from public service after 14 straight years. "As a businessman, I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the private sector is not a step down but a step up," she wrote to President Trump. Read the letter in full here. In it, the former South Carolina governor also pledges that she will "surely not be a candidate for any office in 2020" and looks forward to supporting Trump's re-election. Related coverage:
- Ivanka, Jared: In her news conference with Trump in the Oval Office, Haley singled out Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for praise, reports the Hill. She called Kushner a "hidden genius," lauding his work on revising NAFTA and in the Middle East. "They do a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish more people knew about," she said of the couple. "We’re a better country because they’re in this administration."
- Who's next? Mediaite notes that one hot rumor is that Trump will thus pick either Kushner or daughter Ivanka. CNN's Jake Tapper, for instance, finds it interesting that Ivanka suddenly started following several Defense Department accounts. Another Mediaite post, asserting that either pick is an extreme long shot, notes that Ivanka reportedly laughed when she heard the speculation.