At the UN, Haley helped spearhead the Trump administration's efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-Israel and anti-US actions by the worldwide body. And CNN's was far from the only theory out there.
Haley did come under some criticism early in her tenure, however, for blocking former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayad from being appointed to the position of the UN's special envoy for Libya.
Mrs Haley told reporters that despite speculation, she was not planning to run for president in 2020. She thanked the president, as well as first lady Melania Trump and the president's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom she singled out as a "hidden genius" who had done significant behind-the-scenes work.
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Haley, a former governor of SC, had been an early and frequent critic of Trump, so when he named her the envoy to the world body weeks after his election in November 2016, the appointment was seen as an olive branch.
Haley, a novice in global politics, became United Nations envoy in January 2017.
Last year, Nikki Haley and husband, Michael Haley, took on more than $1 million in mortgage debt for an investment-rental property, the 2017 disclosure shows.
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"Hopefully, you're coming back at some point, maybe in a different capacity", he said, during a press conference in the White House, alongside Haley.
"No I'm not running", she said emphatically. As governor she was a vocal critic of Trump's remarks on immigrants during the 2016 presidential campaign. He allowed her to address reporters from the Oval Office, a departure from the abrupt tweets Trump often uses to announce high-level staff changes. "If I disagree with something and believe it is important enough to raise with the president, I do it", she wrote at the time. "I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person".
And on Monday, the Washington, D.C. -based watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for an investigation into seven private flights taken by Haley that were paid for by SC business executives.
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Born Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa, Haley is the first minority and female governor of SC, a deeply conservative state with a long history of racial strife.