Menendez: Concerned about 'leadership vacuum' following Haley departure

Menendez: Concerned about 'leadership vacuum' following Haley departure
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Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate to vote on blocking Trump's Saudi arms deal as soon as this week There is a severe physician shortage and it will only worsen Democrats ask Fed to probe Trump's Deutsche Bank ties 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) HaleyNikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Trump UN nominee: Climate change poses 'real risks' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept 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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 RyanThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks Democrats talk up tax credits to counter Trump law 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 ShaheenDemocrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill after Mnuchin announces delay 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.