US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during a UN Security Council meeting over the situation in the Middle East on December 18, 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York. (AFP / KENA BETANCUR)
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One year into the job, Nikki Haley stands out as the star of President Donald Trump's administration, and diplomats say the U.N. ambassador is directing some of that star power into a likely White House bid.Speculation about Haley's presidential ambitious has picked up since she defended Trump's decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital, staring down friends and foes alike at the world body.Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, who just wrapped up a two-year stint at the Security Council, says Haley is doing an "excellent job".According to published excerpts, Haley began positioning herself as Trump's heir after concluding in October that he was a one-term president.Haley has brushed aside questions about her political ambitious, saying she is focused on the job at hand as she remains firmly in the limelight as the U.N.'s most-watched ambassador.
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