Sitting with Haley in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump confirmed that she would leave at the end of the year, saying she wants to “take a break” from public service.
Trump said that Haley informed him about her intentions six months ago, Presstv Reported.
He praised her as having done an incredible job and expressed hopes that she would come back to the administration in another capacity.
"She's done a fantastic job and we've done a fantastic job together. We've solved a lot of problems and we're in the process of solving a lot of problems," Trump said.
"She told me probably six months ago, 'You know maybe at end of the year -- at the end of the two year period -- but by the end of the year I want to take a little time off, I want to take a break,'" he added. He said together they had "solved a lot of problems."
"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose -- hopefully you'll be coming back at some point but in a different capacity. You can have your pick," Trump said.
The news was first reported by Axios news site which cited two sources familiar with the matter.
Haley, a former South Carolina governor and rising Republican star, was one of the first members of President Trump’s cabinet, confirmed four days after his inauguration.
“This comes at as surprise. Ambassador Haley has been a very strong and effective advocate for the US. She and SG have a had a very strong working relationship which has avoided what could have been a breakdown of the US/U.N. relationship," one senior diplomat told CNN.
Both Trump and Haley tried to describe her departure on friendly terms, but there has been friction between the two going back to the 2016 presidential campaign.
She had been one of his most vocal critics during the presidential campaign. She had endorsed Trump’s primary election rivals Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.
However, after accepting the UN role, Haley had forcefully defended Trump's controversial polices on Iran, Russia, Syria, Palestine and Venezuela.