With US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley set to depart by year's end, speculation is rampant as who might replace her.
Haley was formerly the governor of SC. She was re-elected in 2014 and remained in the position until taking up the United Nations role. Speaking alongside Haley in the Oval Office, the president did not give any hints to who would replace Haley at the United Nations, but added there "are a number of people who would like to do it".
Trump called Haley a "very special" person, adding that she told him six months ago that she might want to take some time off.
Haley's fast rise from a Southern state's legislature to the world stage suggests the 46-year-old may have greater political ambition.
She recently said she supported Mr Trump's administration but admitted they still had their differences.
She did not say what she will do next, except that it will be in the private sector, according to her letter of resignation.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017.
Haley claimed exceptions due to personal relationships with the jet owners. She's repeatedly insisted that she is focused on the job at hand, not future opportunities.
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Haley said she doesn't "have anything set on where I'm going to go", but "for all of you that are going to ask about 2020, no, I'm not running for 2020". "She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together".
What we're hearing: Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, these sources said. But while complimenting Ivanka for her work "behind the scenes", Haley described Jared as a "hidden genius" of the administration "in a way no one understands".
Trump, along with Haley, made the announcement at the White House on October 9.
Dina Powell, a former Goldman Sachs executive who served in the Bush White House and State Department, and later as Trump's Deputy National Security Advisor, was one of the first names to be uttered as the next possible United Nations ambassador.
She listed hawkish policies to pressure Iran and the Palestinians, and the ground-breaking diplomatic outreach to communist North Korea. The "news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration", Swan reported.
Haley singled out Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for praise in her remarks.
Born Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa, Haley is the first minority and female governor of SC, a deeply conservative state with a long history of racial strife.