US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has announced she is resigning – after nearly two years in the post.
President Donald Trump appeared in the Oval Office alongside Mrs Haley to say she had done “an incredible job”.
The 46-year-old former South Carolina governor – one of the few women in the Trump cabinet – gave no reason for her exit, but dismissed speculation she was planning to run for president in 2020.
Mr Trump said he would name a replacement in two-three weeks.
He said he would consider the candidature of Dina Powell – his former deputy security council adviser – and added that his daughter Ivanka “would be dynamite” as ambassador, but that he would be accused of nepotism if he chose her.
Hours later, Ivanka ruled herself out of the race.
It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 9, 2018
What did Haley say about her abrupt move?
Mrs Haley did not give details about her move – or what she would do next.
“It’s been eight years of intense time, and I’m a believer in term limits,” she said referring to her time in public office.
“I don’t have anything set on where I’m going to go,” she said.
Mrs Haley told journalists she would be campaigning for “this one”, pointing to Mr Trump.
Mr Trump said Mrs Haley had told him some time ago she wanted to take some time off.
Media caption President Trump: “I’m not sure there’s anyone more competent in the world.”
The president said she “has been very special to me, she has done an incredible job, she is a fantastic person, very importantly, but she is also somebody that gets it”.
“Hopefully you’ll be coming back at some point, right,” Mr Trump said. “Maybe a different capacity, you can have your pick.” Mrs Haley laughed.