U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHaley slams Palestinian president on peace process at the UN: 'We will not chase after you' Washington puts Ethiopia's human rights abusers on notice Palestinian diplomat: Trump ‘disqualified America’ from being sole broker in Middle East peace deal MORE on Thursday sought to quell speculation that she is interested in becoming secretary of State, flatly rejecting the notion that she has any interest in the top diplomatic job.

Asked during a press briefing if she is gunning for Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the US should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims 'Bolivarian Diaspora' can no longer be ignored MORE's job, Haley said that she's focused on "trying to do a good job" at the U.N. 

"I’m trying to be responsible in my job, and I’m trying to make sure I inform the American people everything that I know," she said. "That’s what I’m trying to do, and I’m trying to serve the president of this country the best I can."


"If people want to take it to mean something else, that’s their issue," she said. "It’s not anything I spend time on."

Asked whether she had interest in the top State Department post, Haley bluntly responded: "No, I do not."

Haley revealed earlier this month that she had turned down consideration from then-President-elect Trump's to serve at the helm of the State Department.

“I’m very aware of when things are right and when they are not,” Haley said in an interview on CNN. “I just thought he could find someone better.”

Haley was eventually offered the U.N. ambassadorship, and said she was able to negotiate for a spot in Trump's Cabinet and on the National Security Council.