Mr Christensen said Mr Joyce told him he was stepping aside a couple hours before the announcement was made, unlike Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who said he found out through journalists.
He will remain in parliament, safeguarding Turnbull's shaky one-seat majority.
Mr Joyce's resignation followed revelations he's having a child with his former press secretary Vikki Campion - an affair which led to the breakdown of his 24-year marriage. "It's just completely and utterly unwarranted, the sort of observation that's happened".
His decision to call a news conference came after a new allegation of sexual harassment was made by an unidentified individual. He has denied any wrongdoing.
In a statement, Ms Marriott said she never intended for the issue to become public and had asked for the National Party to undertake a "formal and confidential" investigation into the incident. "It is a political loss to the nation but also a loss to rural and regional Australia".
Mr Joyce, who lives in north-west New South Wales and wears a cowboy hat, is perhaps best known internationally for his threat in 2015 to kill Pistol and Boo, the pet dogs of actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
He said the Nationals should consider ending the Coalition agreement and instead support the Liberal government "with conditions attached".
The woman accusing Barnaby Joyce of sexual harassment has broken her silence.
In October previous year, the High Court ruled that dual nationals could not hold elected office, forcing several members of the governing coalition who unknowingly held New Zealander nationality to stand down, including Joyce.
Mr Joyce has previously called her allegation "spurious and defamatory" - and has called for the matter to be referred to the police so he can mount his defence.
NSW MPs Michael McCormack and David Gillespie have indicated they will vie to replace Barnaby Joyce, who announced he would resign the job following the ongoing fallout from his affair with a former staffer.
Two-thirds of Australian voters wanted Joyce to resign, The Australian newspaper's Newspoll showed earlier this week.
Joyce, who has also been criticised for living in an apartment rent-free with now partner Vikki Campion after splitting with his wife, was due to be the acting prime minister this week with Turnbull meeting US President Donald Trump in Washington.
Freed from Cabinet restraints, Abbott has criticized Turnbull's policies from the backbench, although Joyce said he would not destabilize the government.
A stronger dollar can make oil and other commodities denominated in the U.S. currency more expensive for other currency holders. OPEC wants to reduce inventories held by industrialized nations to their five-year average and is getting closer to that goal.
Exact pricing on the shares will arrive in the upcoming weeks from Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, who are leading this IPO. The filing also said co-founder and Chief Executive Drew Houston (pictured) has 24.4 percent of voting power in the company.
Greitens had acknowledged the affair but denied the blackmail allegation. "It is essential for residents of the City of St. Greitens surprised many experts by defeating Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in the November 2016 election.
Sridevi is honoured with Padma Sri award in 2013 by Government of India, while other honours and awards are unlimited for her. Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away late on Saturday night following cardiac arrest, India media reported.
It'll be an interesting move by Reliance Jio because it can still bring over most of its KaiOS-based apps to Android Go devices . Android Enterprise Recommended could make Android phones more appealing to enterprises who need resilience and manageability.
The pay-per-view possibilities alone would be delicious, although the game would probably be unlikely during the season. The Rockets will look to run their win streak to 12 games when they visit the Denver Nuggets Sunday night.
The International Olympic Committee will decide today if the country can use its flag at tomorrow's closing ceremony. That's why bobsled pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva proudly wore a t-shirt that proclaimed, "I don't do doping ". "I feel it.
The cybersecurity giant said Friday on Twitter that it "has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association". The NRA has faced increasing backlash following the Florida school shooting, one of the deadliest in the country.
The maid was one of millions of Filipinos who travel overseas to work as maids, hotel staff and construction workers. The Philippines is a major labour exporter with about a tenth of its more than 100 million people working overseas .
The cryptomarket will likely take its cues from Bitcoin however, with Bitcoin dominance continuing to rise, now sitting at 39.2. Yesterday, Bitcoin hit its highest price point of the year, surging to $11,700 before dropping by more than $1,000.
The XZ2 will be dust- and water-resistant have a 3,180mAh battery that can be charged via USB Type-C or via a wireless charger. The fingerprint sensor has also moved to the back, similar to what we saw in the L2/XA2/XA2 Ultra leaks.
The FBI has recorded 3,000 hours of conversation between the two, which were tapped through Dawkins' phone. Ayton is now a freshman on the No. 14-ranked Wildcats, where he averages 19 points and 10 rebounds a game.
Israeli satellite imagery has confirmed the deployment of Russia's newest Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jets in war-torn Syria . The list of adversaries Russian Federation would need Su-57 fighters to combat is uncomfortably short.
Among them is Flordia Governor Rick Scott , who supports raising the minimum age for gun purchases from 18-years-old to 21. Activists have also called on public pension funds to divest from gun maker stocks, which were broadly lower on Friday.
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA) was the target of a large decrease in short interest in the month of January. A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the business.
Analysts await Royal Bank Scotland plc (The) (NASDAQ: RBS ) to report earnings on Feb, 23 for the fiscal quarter ending Dec 2017. Simon Warren tweeted: " Royal Bank of Scotland has returned to profit for the first time in a decade".
Jones has said there is "officially ... about a 90 percent chance" the attack in Florida was a "deep state false flag operation". YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the conspiracy video, or its policy for similar situations.
TONIGHT: Our active weather pattern will come to an end for a little while tonight as this final batch of rain moves out. Evacuations grew elsewhere across the Midwest after heavy rains and snowmelt sent rivers and streams out of their banks.
Diplomats - and even a mutual friend, golfer Greg Norman, who was at the White House on Friday - rushed to fix the damage. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has honoured the only Australian buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Deenihan said Ortiz and his wife have six other children and hopes the arrest will bring "some level of closure" to the family. He was just an innocent kid whose trust and safety was betrayed by the one man he should never have to question.
While the deal has already been agreed upon, it cannot be made official until the start of a new league year on March 14th. Peters then left the field without having been ejected, infamously returning a few minutes later without socks.
As mentioned above, the calls have been happening on a daily basis since October of 2017, with an average of 20 calls each day. A single facility seems to be at fault for hundreds of false alarm 911 calls from Apple devices over the past few months.