Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to United Nations
Haley is the latest in a string of high-profile firings and resignations from the Trump administration [Evan Vucci/AP Photo]
US President Donald Trump has accepted Nikki Haley's resignation as US ambassador to the United Nations, saying she would be leaving his administration at the end of the year.
In the White House's Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump called the ambassador a "very special" person "who gets it", adding that she told him six months ago that she might want to take some time off.
Trump said that together they "solved a lot of problems".
Haley, 46, said she had no immediate plans, and denied she would be running for president in 2020.
Trump said on Tuesday that she could have her "pick" of posts if she ever decided to come back to the administration.
"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose - hopefully you'll be coming back at some point but in a different capacity. You can have your pick," the president said.
Trump added he was considering many candidates for Haley's job and that a successor would be named in two to three weeks.