Nikki Haley has resigned as UN ambassador, after a tenure during which she constantly had to act as Trump's babysitter and clean-up crew on the global stage.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has announced her resignation after almost a year and a half of covering for Trump's embarrassing and destructive behavior on the world stage.
Meeting with the press to announce the resignation, Trump told reporters that Haley told him six months ago that she wanted out of the job after two years. The announcement comes in Haley's 17th month as ambassador.
While Trump praised Haley during their joint appearance, he hasn't always held such a high opinion of her.
"The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!" he tweeted in 2016.
Haley's tenure has been an almost nonstop maelstrom of trying to contain the blowback from Trump's comments and policies, while also occasionally countering his sexist comments and tone.
Trump issued a series of reckless tweets following a subway bombing in London, prompting a rebuke from British Prime Minister Theresa May. Soon after, Haley appeared on CNN and defended the outburst by noting, "He gets emotional."
As concerns mounted about Trump's mental stability, Haley was forced to reassure the country that her boss isn't unhinged. She argued that she's at the White House "once a week," which did little to counter the leaks of disturbing behavior from those with more frequent access to Trump.
Trump also undermined Haley. Even as she described a story containing classified information about North Korean anti-ship missiles as one that puts "Americans in danger," Trump was busily tweeting out the same story to his millions of followers.
At times, Haley issued public statements completely at odds with Trump. She said she was "proud" of the women who have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Trump, even as the White House has continued to attack them.
Haley even once directly rebuked the White House for describing her comments on Russian sanctions as "confused."
Haley's departure significantly cuts down on the number of women or ethnic minorities in Trump's inner circle, which was already small to begin with. After her departure, there will only be three minorities in Trump's Cabinet: Elaine Chao, Alex Acosta, and Ben Carson.
The number of women remaining will also be low: Chao, Betsy DeVos, and Linda McMahon.
Most of Trump's Cabinet has been white men, a significant drop from the diversity of President Barack Obama's administration, where 14 Cabinet members were women or minorities.
Haley is the latest figure at the highest levels to leave the Trump administration, contributing to a chaotically high level of turnover.
Among those forced out, fired, or resigning amid controversy were former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as part of the Russian influence investigation.
Trump forced out serial liar Sean Spicer, his press secretary; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who called Trump a "moron"; national security adviser H.R. McMaster; and Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted only 10 days as White House communications director.
Other top Trump figures were forced out by scandals involving taxpayer funds.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt was caught misusing his office for personal benefit on multiple occasions, and Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price was out after taking luxury flights paid for by the government.
Haley's departure adds to the chaos and disorganization that are the norm for Trump. Her tenure veered from responding to one self-inflicted crisis after another, and it appears that after 17 months, she has had enough.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.