Nikki Haley Resigns As UN Ambassador Amid Calls For Investigation Into Her Businessmen-Funded Flights
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley resigned her position, a move that she spoke to President Donald Trump about last week, two sources told Axios.
Haley’s resignation shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration.
Huff Post reports that the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is calling for an investigation by the State Department’s inspector general into seven private flights taken by Haley that were paid for by South Carolina business executives, worth about $24,000.
Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the group, said in a statement:
By accepting gifts of luxury private flights, Ambassador Haley seems to be falling in line with other Trump administration officials who are reaping personal benefits from their public positions. Our ethics laws are clearly written to prevent even the appearance of corruption and improper influence.
Haley claimed in her disclosure that the flights, which she valued at $3,200, were exempt from ethics regulations because of her personal relationships with the businessmen: Jimmy Gibbs, CEO of textile machine company Gibbs International Inc., Smyth McKissick, CEO of his family’s Alice Manufacturing, and Mikee Johnson, then-CEO of Cox Industries.