Published: Mon, November 11, 2019

Haley Offended When Tillerson, Kelly Tried to Get Her to 'Undermine' Trump

Haley Offended When Tillerson, Kelly Tried to Get Her to 'Undermine' Trump

Haley's claims, made in a new book and reported by the Washington Post, come as former White House aides have told the House impeachment inquiry that they were alarmed that Trump was making his own policy on Ukraine.

Nikki Haley, former USA ambassador to the United Nations, has said two top White House aides encouraged her to undermine President Donald Trump.

Haley called Tillerson and Kelly's attempt to subvert the President "offensive" in an interview that aired Sunday on "CBS Sunday Morning".

Two top advisers to President Donald Trump ignored or undermined him because "they were trying to save the country", former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley writes in a new book. Kelly left the White House in December 2018. "The president didn't know what he was doing", she continued.

The former SC governor said the meeting lasted more than an hour and that they never raised the issue to her again.

"Instead of saying that to me, they should've been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan", Haley wrote. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want.

Later, Tillerson said the president was "undisciplined" and did not like to read briefing reports.

"'I have four secretaries of state: you, H.R., Jared, and Rex", Haley recounted Kelly saying. The two former officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment about the articles.


But while she did not always agree with Trump, Haley said people like Kelly and Tillerson had an obligation either to carry out his agenda or, if they could not do so, to quit.

In an interview with the Post in her publisher's NY office, Haley dismissed House Democrats' moves to impeach Trump over his pressure on the Ukrainian government to obtain political dirt on an opponent.

Haley said she supported most of Mr Trump's foreign policy decisions that others in the White House tried to block or slow down, according to the Post.

She wrote in her book that she privately expressed concerns to Trump after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in 2018.

"A leader's words matter in these situations". Soon after, supporters chanted "go back" at Trump rallies.

"No, it's not appropriate", Haley agreed before defending the Trump. "But I also can appreciate where he was coming from, from the standpoint of, don't bash America over and over and over again and not do something to try and fix it".

The Washington Post obtained a copy of her book, titled "With All Due Respect", ahead of its Tuesday release.

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