White House Announces Resignation of U.S. Ambassador to U.N.

White House (AP) -- UN Ambassador John Bolton is stepping down. The White House says Bolton will leave his post when his recess appointment expires soon.

Bolton's nomination has languished in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for more than a year, as it was opposed by Democrats and several Republicans.

President Bush gave Bolton the job temporarily in august of last year, while Congress was in recess. That appointment expires when Congress formally adjourns, which will happen no later than early next month.

Bush couldn't have given him another recess appointment, but the White House was believed to have been looking at other ways to keep him in the job. For example, it could have given him a title other than ambassador.

But instead, the White House says Bolton decided he would leave when his current appointment expires.

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