Did Nikki Haley drop a major clue on her replacement? Speculation grows as names circulate

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Nikki Haley has resigned as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and will leave her post at the end of the year.

Trump said nothing about a possible replacement during the surprise Oval Office announcement, nor did Haley, but did she drop a major hint on who might replace her?

In addition to thanking the president and first lady Melania Trump, Haley thanked first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

“I can’t say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka. Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands.”

Haley said “we’re a better country because they’re in this administration” and she gave Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, credit for renegotiating last week’s North American Free Trade Agreement deal.

And to be clear, her resignation was not over Trump’s policies.

“It has been an honor of a lifetime,” Haley said. “Now the United States is respected. Countries might not like what we do, but they respect what we do.”

But tongues were quick to wag over whether Haley dropped a clue in mentioning Ivanka and Kushner.

CNN’s Jake Tapper did his part to toss Ivanka’s name around, responding to a tweet saying she started following a number of Defense Department accounts on Twitter.

But Tapper wasn’t alone in feeding the speculation.

Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter came right out and said who she thinks it should be:

Conservative political commentator Katie Pavlich offered an interesting alternative, given that President Trump is widely expected to can Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the midterms.

“Prediction: Senator Lindsey Graham is going to Attorney General and Nikki Haley will replace his Senate seat in South Carolina,” she tweeted.

Sen. Graham took to Twitter to insist that Haley has a “very bright future” in the GOP.

In her resignation letter, Haley was clear that she “will surely not be a candidate for any office in 2020.”

Here’s a sampling of other responses on a possible successor, which Trump said he will choose in the next two or three weeks, from Twitter:

With President Trump scheduled to meet with Kanye West on Thursday, some feel an Ambassador Ye may be in the cards.

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