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NYC-area GOP lawmakers applaud Haley following resignation announcement

October 09, 2018 - 1:27 pm

By David Caplan

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City-area Republican lawmakers expressed their well wishes to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who announced on Tuesday morning she is leaving the Trump administration. President Donald Trump said she is leaving "at the end of the year."

Rep. Lee Zeldin, whose district includes Suffolk County, tweeted, "Amb Nikki Haley is an outstanding leader who exceptionally represented the USA on the world stage as our U.S Ambassador to the U.N. She was strong, consistent, effective & well respected. TY for your great service!"

Rep. Peter King, who represents parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties, also took to Twitter, writing, "Best wishes and thanks to @NikkiHaley for her outstanding job at UN. Has served America well. Leaves great legacy and has even greater future. Congrats."

Rep. Dan Donovan, whose represents parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, tweeted, ".@USUN Amb. @nikkihaley has served as a tremendous representative of the U.S. at the @UN, embodying the tenets of professionalism, tenacity, & devotion to public service. She unapologetically stood for America’s allies & interests at the U.N., such as combatting anti-Israel bias."

Donovan continued, "At the same time, she remained resolute in taking on our adversaries and those who threatened peace around the world. I thank her for her service and wish her the best as she departs at the end of the year."

Haley said she has no plans to run for the 2020 Oval Office, and instead will campaign for the president. New York City councillor Joe Borelli mocked TV contributors doubting that, writing, "If you’re on the TV saying #Haley is resigning to run in 2020 against Trump you’re as dumb as a rock."

Borelli also retweeted a tweet suggesting Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany who has years of U.N. -- and is one of a few senior-level openly gay officials -- would make a "tremendous" replacement.