Nikki Haley’s abrupt announcement Tuesday that she will be leaving her post as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the end of the year shocked some South Carolinians.
Most, however, said they were not surprised, speculating the former S.C. governor’s future in politics is not over.
Here is what some South Carolinians had to say:
Gov. Henry McMaster, R-Columbia
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“@nikkihaley is a tremendous leader who has done great things for South Carolina as governor and for the US as ambassador to the UN. I wish her the best in whatever she decides to do next. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of her, and that is GREAT news for our state and country.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca
“Ambassador Haley has done an outstanding job as United States ambassador to the United Nations and showed a level of effectiveness rarely seen by someone in this position. She is a clear, concise voice for American leadership, American values and has been a true agent of reform when it came to the United Nations.”
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston
“Ambassador Haley has been a trailblazer ever since she was governor of our home state of South Carolina. Her seamless transition from the Governor’s Office to the United Nations is a testament to her undaunted love for our country. She has been an invaluable asset to the administration, strengthening our ties abroad, a strong voice for the voiceless and a fighter for human rights.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale
“I am grateful for the leadership and service of my dear friend Nikki Haley. Nikki has done a phenomenal job in her role as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. ... “
U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-Rock Hill
“Nikki Haley has given exemplary and exceptional service to our country, as well as to South Carolina. She has been a true champion supporter of President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy agenda on the global stage.”
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg
“Thank you @nikkihaley for your outstanding service to our country and to the state of South Carolina. The United States is better and stronger because of your leadership.”
S.C. Chamber CEO Ted Pitts
Haley’s chief of staff during part of the time she was governor
“I’m not surprised. She’s done a really good job. It’s a tough job, but she’s obviously served the country well for two years. We come to points in our life where it’s time to turn the page and move to the next chapter. The sky’s the limit. She’ll have all sorts of opportunity.”
Ex-Haley staffer Rob Godfrey
Deputy chief of staff and spokesman for Haley while governor
“The sky’s the limit for Nikki Haley. She’s established a position as one of the most important conservative voices in the country, and I think people across the political spectrum and the private sector will look to her now for advice.”