Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced Tuesday that she would be resigning from her position effective at the end of this year. The news came as a surprise to everyone, except President Trump who apparently learned of her intentions on October 3rd.
The announcement prompted a press conference featuring the President and Haley. According to Haley, the resignation was motivated simply by her realization that it was time for her to leave, denying that there were any pressures or dissatisfactions prompting her decision. In a jibe to the press corps, Haley preempted questions regarding a run for President by dismissing the notion before it was even posed. "No, I am not running for 2020," she quipped. "I can promise you I will be campaigning for this one," she continued, pointing at the President.
Ambassador Haley's resignation signals the passage of one of the most effective tenures in that position in modern American history. Sometimes singlehandedly, Ms. Haley forcefully made America's case for its support of Israel. She negotiated the United States through the rough waters of its move of the American embassy to Jerusalem. Haley also found herself defending her country against the backlash caused by its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and the initial global skepticism stemming from President Trump's public and confrontational interactions with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un; a.k.a. "Rocket Man."
Haley leaves at a time with her popularity and admiration from a grateful nation at its pinnacle. She leaves with the promise of a future only limited by her desires and her imagination. Although I am sure we will learn more about the dynamics of her decision in the coming weeks, her departure, even if temporary, signals a great loss for her country.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.