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Nikki Haley says it would be ‘therapeutic’ to write a book on UN experience

On her way out of public service, Nikki Haley may be working on a new book about her experience serving in the Trump administration at the United Nations.

Haley told the conservative Weekly Standard magazine Tuesday that she was considering writing another book, saying it would be “therapeutic.”

“I’ve always found writing a book to be therapeutic. My first book was unbelievably therapeutic,” Haley told the magazine.

When she was S.C. governor, Haley published an autobiography, “Can’t Is Not An Option,” in 2012. That book focused on her life growing up in rural Bamberg as the daughter of Indian immigrants, up to her successful run for governor in 2010.

A new book would update readers on her life since leaving the S.C. Governor’s Mansion in 2017 to become the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and her relationship with President Donald Trump. It also could serve to set Haley up for an expected future run for president.

“I think, I would probably want to do another one just to kind of talk more about what I’ve seen, what I’ve lived or what I’ve learned,” Haley said.

Haley likely will stay active in national affairs even after her time at the U.N. ends on Dec. 31. She has said she plans to stay in New York while her son finishes high school, and the family has sold their Lexington County home, public records show.

While Haley hasn’t talked extensively about what she plans to do next, she says she won’t be going away any time soon.

“I think that I will always have a voice when it comes to defending America and when it comes to fighting for our values or fighting for human rights,” she told the Weekly Standard. “I would love to look at getting involved in a think tank.”

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Bristow Marchant is currently split between covering Richland County and the 2020 presidential race. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.