President Donald Trump announced United Nations Amb. Nikki Haley's replacement will be named in "two or three weeks, if not sooner," opening up the rumor mill on what her future entails and whether first daughter Ivanka Trump or her husband Jared Kushner might be potential replacements.
Haley was very complimentary of the first family at her news conference announcing her resignation as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., effective at the end of the year.
"I can't say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka," Haley said. "Jared is such a hidden genius that – no one understands – to redo the NAFTA deal the way he did.
"What I've doing working with him on the Middle East peace plan, it is so unbelievably well done."
Ivanka has been rumored to be a candidate to replace Haley as the top U.S. ambassador before, according to The State last year, with President Trump only saying generally Tuesday there are "many people who are very much interested in" the position.
"It's a more glamorous position," Trump said. "It's a more important position than ever. Nikki Haley has made it a better position."
Haley also was complimentary of President Trump's daughter Ivanka, a White House senior adviser along with her husband Jared.
"Ivanka's been such a great friend, and they do a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish more people knew about, because we're a better country because they're in this administration," Haley told reporters Tuesday.
Coincidentally, Ivanka Trump been reported to have added a number of Defense Department Twitter accounts Monday.
Becoming the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. would help Ivanka become familiar with many world diplomats and leaders, potentially setting her up for a future White House run of her own.
Speculation on Haley's future has ranged from potentially replacing Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in her home state to coming back into a prominent internal role in President Trump's Cabinet – something Graham has already said he is not interested in.
"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose you," Trump told Haley in the Oval Office. "Hopefully you'll be coming back at some point – maybe in a different capacity.
"You can have your pick."
What Haley made sure to squash Tuesday was speculation she would be running for president in 2020, instead clarifying she would be supporting President Trump's re-election campaign.
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