GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid'

GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid'
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Republican senators are sorry to see Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump privately asking aides if Pence is loyal: report Haley honored with 'Woman of Valor' award at Independent Women's Forum gala Ben Shapiro mocks David Hogg over ‘shark attack’ tweet MORE, one of the few senior officials in the administration willing to stand up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE, step down as ambassador to the United Nations. 

GOP lawmakers praised Haley as “a powerful voice” who was highly effective at the U.N. after news of her resignation broke on Tuesday.

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"For decades, dictators have tried to use the United Nations as a platform to give lip service to human rights and offer cheap promises to uphold peace," said Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseFlake: ‘I don’t think’ I will be 2020 challenger to Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over Judiciary panel | Hand recount for Florida Senate race Veteran political reporter says New Hampshire voters have 'hunger' to moderate political turbulence MORE (R-Neb.) in a statement. "Ambassador Haley was unafraid to call out their BS and Americans should be grateful for her clarity and strength. She is a tireless champion of America’s interests and values."

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks Trump’s relationship with Saudi crown prince under pressure Graham: Saudi crown prince is ‘irrational’ and ‘unhinged’ MORE (R), who hails from Haley’s home state of South Carolina, said she “showed a level of effectiveness rarely seen by someone in this position” and called her “a true agent of reform when it came to the United Nations.” 

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerMcConnell, Flake clash over protecting Mueller probe Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Trump, California battle over climate and cause of fires MORE (R-Colo.) said Haley increased U.S. influence within the U.N. by standing up forcefully for American interests. 

“Because of Nikki Haley’s leadership, the United States has a powerful voice again at the United Nations,” he said.

Gardner, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Haley helped the administration apply its “maximum pressure doctrine on North Korea.” 

Haley was also one of the few members of Trump’s Cabinet to stand up to him regularly. 

In an op-ed last month, Haley said she never hesitated to air her differences of opinion directly with Trump.

“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,” she wrote.

Her editorial was in response to the anonymous op-ed by a “senior official” in the Trump administration that appeared in The New Times on Sept. 5. It described a clandestine effort in the Cabinet to rein in the president. 

Some observers thought that Haley might have been the secret author. 

Speaking with Trump from the Oval Office on Tuesday, the former governor praised the president's leadership and denied having any intention challenging him in the next White House election cycle. 

"No, I am not running in 2020," she said, adding, “I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”