Nikki Haley’s exit and lack of direction in Washington

Yasmeen Aftab Ali

Haley’s exit from the post of ambassador to the United Nations caught the world by surprise. On one hand this move coincides with a number of changes within those closely surrounding President Trump who now, more than before, support Trump on his approach of “America First” which can be inclusive of others as a support to achieving this end, has unfortunately turned into “America First” to the exclusion of supporting nations. On the other hand, this change in the close clamp had pushed out Haley to the outer fringes of the camp diminishing also her influence within the circle.

Her departure is significant as it sends out the signal that those supporting Trump in his myopic view and less inclined to take a different course in issues allowing more space to Trump to follow his path are those that hold the American destiny in their hands.

The point is brought home strongly that the entire gamut of foreign policies hinges on the whims of one man who has undone more than most achieved in their tenures.

“In her time at the UN, Haley mostly played the part of the good soldier: attack the integrity of the UN by taking steps to undermine it, like pulling the US out of the UN human rights council; claim to stand up for Israel by cutting off funding to the Palestinians; condemn Iran regularly as often as possible. But sometimes, Haley’s actions at the UN – such as her harsh words for Russia over its role in Syria – made it seem as if Haley was conducting her own, more traditionally conservative, foreign policy at Turtle Bay.” (The Guardian Oct 19, 2018)

In particular her loss will be felt in Latin America where she is held in respect. Trump’s unilateral moves have created waves already. Juan Cruz, the National Security Council adviser for Latin America was removed and Mauricio Claver-Carone replaced him without any formal announcement by the White House a month ago.

CNBC quoting sources state that Dina Powell , current executive at Goldman Sachs and former  deputy national security adviser has been approached to replace outgoing Haley. “One of these sources says Powell has become a favorite among people close to Trump to lead the U.S. delegation.” (CNBC ,9 Oct 2018)

Haley’s exit is an example of a lot of ways the American policy is going without any strategic direction. This does not auger well for the present of America. It certainly does not auger well for her future.

If nominated, Dina Powell needs to be confirmed by the Senate if nominated by Trump. She has been a ‘power player’ within Trump’s inner circle in her first stint.

To stay in Trump’s good books, Powell will have to go with the tide. Barring Haley, making a graceful exit from the post-none other has had this good fortune. They have been booted out.

The writer is a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled ‘A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan.’ She can be contacted at: and tweets at @yasmeen_9

Source: PakPotPourri2

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