Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti said Tuesday that in the wake of Nikki Haley's "shocking" resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "there are people around the world who will miss [her]."
Continetti responded during an appearance on "America's Newsroom" to Haley's resignation announcement.
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"It is very shocking. Haley has been one of the most successful U.N. ambassadors in decades. If she follows in that tradition of Jeanne Kirkpatrick, John Bolton, now national security advisor, as someone who stands up for American values as well as American interests, someone who advocates democracy and human rights at the United Nations, [and is] also a stalwart defender of the state of Israel – there are a lot of people around the world who will miss Nikki Haley."
Continetti's appearance preceded the official press conference between Haley and President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, where Trump said Haley has been "very special" to him and lauded her accomplishments at the U.N. related to the Human Rights Council, Iran, Israel, and North Korea.
Continetti also praised Haley's accomplishments.
"So often the U.N. has kind of been just the institution for dictators and thugs and human rights abusers," Continetti said, "and it requires someone in that ambassadorial role, someone who is willing to stand up to these autocrats. I think Nikki Haley did that in her tenure."
Haley, in the press conference, refuted rumors that she would be running for president against Trump, saying, "I don't have anything set on where I'm going next … I'm not running for president in 2020." She also said she expects to campaign for Trump in the 2020 election.
Trump has not yet announced Haley's successor but said on Tuesday that a replacement will likely be announced within two or three weeks.