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Is Nikki Haley’s Resignation Tied to Khashoggi’s Murder?

on October 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: U.S. President Donald Trump announces that he has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to the United Nations, in the Oval Office on October 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: U.S. President Donald Trump announces that he has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to the United Nations, in the Oval Office on October 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump said that Haley will leave her post by the end of the year. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 17, 2018 8:09 p.m.

For days I’ve been getting emails from TPM Readers asking me if I thought there was a connection between the assassination of Saudi exile Jamal Khashoggi (10/2) and the resignation of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley (10/9). In response to each email I gave a version of this response: I could think of no positive evidence whatsoever connecting the two events. But I had definitely considered the possibility for the simple reasons that 1) Khashoggi’s disappearance and apparent murder was a major international incident that lined up closely in time with Haley’s departure and 2) we have yet to receive any credible explanation for Haley’s abrupt resignation. Remember: not only did Haley’s departure come as a public surprise. Apparently the most senior members of President Trump’s foreign policy team were also caught off guard by her resignation.

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