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Menendez: Concerned about 'leadership vacuum' following Haley departure

Menendez: Concerned about 'leadership vacuum' following Haley departure
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Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezTrump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it Blame Senate, not FBI, for Kavanaugh travesty Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE (D-N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday is raising concerns about what he called the "leadership vacuum" that will be left behind following Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump mulling State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert for UN envoy: report Iran says it killed 'mastermind' behind military parade attack Haley slams China over 'internment of civilians' in first public remarks since announcing resignation MORE's resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. 

"Today’s announcement that Ambassador Haley is resigning is yet another sign of the Trump Administration’s chaotic foreign policy," Menendez, a vocal critic of the Trump administration, said in a statement on Tuesday. 

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"I am deeply concerned about the leadership vacuum she leaves and the national security impact of her departure at this time of continued disarray for this Administration," he added.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE announced earlier Tuesday that Haley would leave at the end of the year, emphasizing that her departure was on good terms.

She did not say what she is planning to do next but sought to quash rumors about a possible 2020 run, saying she will campaign for Trump.

 

Haley's departure was lamented by a number of Washington officials.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.) said after Haley's announcement that he was "saddened" to hear of her exit but added that he has been "grateful for her service."

“I want to thank Ambassador Haley for her willingness to express moral clarity to the world and to President Trump, and promote American values and leadership on the global stage, even when she lacked the backing of the White House or State Department," Menendez wrote in the statement.

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Missing journalist strains US-Saudi ties | Senators push Trump to open investigation | Trump speaks with Saudi officials | New questions over support for Saudi coalition in Yemen Senators demand answers on Trump administration backing of Saudi coalition in Yemen MORE (D-N.H.), who is also on the Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement to The Hill that she hopes the next nominee will be "experienced" and will understand "the significance of the United Nations as an institution."

“I thank Ambassador Haley for her service and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Shaheen said. “As President Trump considers his next nominee for this position, it’s imperative that he names someone who is experienced and understands the significance of the United Nations as an institution, as well as its mission to promote and maintain peace and security around the world."

Haley in a September op-ed for The Washington Post criticized the author of an anonymous New York Times op-ed by a senior administration official claiming to be part of the "resistance" from inside of the Trump administration. 

"I, too, am a senior Trump administration official," she wrote. "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," Haley added. "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."

--Updated at 1:43 p.m.