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Should Nikki Haley run for president?

U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley is resigning at the end of the year. Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, had been praised for her professionalism and level-headed approach to diplomacy, in stark contrast to the President Trump's more bombastic posturing. Haley was also an early and vocal opponent of Trump, which is leading many to ask whether she may be gearing up for a 2020 presidential campaign. Haley says she isn't running and will campaign for President Trump. But what do you think?

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Haley was quick to speak out against the rumors, saying in a press conference with President Trump that she was not planning to run against him in 2020.

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However, many of her career moves seem to indicate the opposite. As pointed out by CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza in a September 2018 opinion piece, Haley has retained the services of one of the best Republican strategists currently working in the game. While not a sure-fire indicator she is planning a 2020 run, it does seem Haley is keeping her options open.

"While she praises the career staff at the UN mission, she keeps close counsel with a small group of trusted aides who worked with her in South Carolina, including Jon Lerner, a former pollster who now runs her Washington office."
....None of that makes the fact that Lerner is in Haley's ambassadorial orbit all that unusual. Hillary Clinton, for example, had several political aides by her side at the State Department from 2009 onward.
But, Hillary was eying a presidential bid! And that's why she -- rightly -- put political people around her to keep an eye on her future presidential prospects!
That, of course, is one of the things Lerner is doing for Haley. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)
What Lerner's presence proves is that Haley's I-have-never-thought-of-running-and-I-don't-even-know-what-it-is approach on questions about her political future comes well short of total frankness.
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Throughout her tenure as U.N. ambassador, Haley has acted in moderate opposition to the more hawkish, brutish policies of the president. Because of her relatively independent leadership, she is respected by her colleagues in the U.N. in a way the president is not currently. Per The Washington Post

“She was critical in ushering in U.N. reforms in partnership with the secretary general, and she took a thoughtful approach to peacekeeping and national security issues,” said Peter Yeo, an official with the U.N. Foundation. “There certainly were great areas of contention between the United States and the U.N. But she played a very important and constructive role.”
Though Haley advanced Trump’s policies, she occasionally made public statements at odds with the White House and the president she served.
In December, she said that women who had accused Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard.” When a White House adviser said Haley had been confused in prematurely announcing more sanctions against Russia, she said simply, “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”

Haley has positioned herself as a centrist alternative to the president and is well-respected on an international stage, both qualities that would make her an appealing candidate for moderate Republicans.

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Despite her occasional disagreements with the administration, Haley has, for the most part, supported the president during her tenure. After the publication of the anonymous New York Times op-ed, Haley penned her own op-ed for The Washington Post. In the op-ed, she claimed to support most of the choices made by the administration and argued the president is more than willing to listen to any criticisms. 

I, too, am a senior Trump administration official. I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country. But I don’t agree with the president on everything. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.
Like my colleagues in the Cabinet and on the National Security Council, I have very open access to the president. He does not shut out his advisers, and he does not demand that everyone agree with him. I can talk to him most any time, and I frequently do. If I disagree with something and believe it is important enough to raise with the president, I do it. And he listens. Sometimes he changes course, sometimes he doesn’t. That’s the way the system should work. And the American people should be comfortable knowing that’s the way the system does work in this administration.
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In that same Washington Post op-ed, Haley raised the possibility of resigning from the administration in protest against their policies. While she did not say she was leaving her U.N. post because of any specific problems, the possibility of conflict with the administration remains.

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There is also a possibility that Haley will run for office in 2020—just not for the Oval Office. Per The Washington Post: 

[S]he might prepare to primary fellow South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, who is up for reelection in 2020. Because Graham has become the president’s vicious attack dog, he’ll look terrible in hindsight if Trump’s scandals catch up with him. His crazed rhetoric during the Kavanaugh hearings has made him a hero inside the GOP but a laughingstock outside it; depending on how Kavanaugh and Trump fare, Graham’s conduct not only with regard to Kavanaugh but also in slavishly defending Trump may be his undoing.
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