Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has made the bold claim that two of President Trump’s former senior advisers tried to persuade her to undermine him. Haley reports that both former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to get Haley to come to their side.
The Washington Post reports Haley writes in her upcoming memoir:
Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country.
Haley says that both men thought their decisions and not the presidents were in the best interest of the country claiming the president “didn’t know what he was doing.”
Citing one instance, Haley recalled a disagreement between the president, Tillerson, and Kelly during a meeting at the Oval Office. Haley said she had the support of Trump’s Middle East envoys but not the two advisors.
Tillerson and Kelly contended that cutting aid to a United Nations agency that supports Palestinians might lead to threats to Israel and reduced U.S. influence. Both men wanted Haley’s help in circumventing the will of President Trump on the matter. Haley said, “I was so shocked I didn’t say anything going home because I just couldn’t get my arms around the fact that here you have two key people in an administration undermining the president.”
When questioned on CBS News on Sunday about the incident, Haley said it “absolutely happened.”
Kelly defended himself against Haley’s accusations by saying that if giving Trump the best and most open, legal and ethical staffing advice from across the [government] so he could make an informed decision is “working against Trump, then guilty as charged.”
Haley contends that instead of talking to her Tillerson and Kelly should have addressed their differences with the President rather than asking her for help going behind his back. She said if they had a difference with Trump, they should have brought it up with him and quit if they didn’t like what he was doing.
Haley added, “To undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want. And it was offensive.”
In her memoir With all Due Respect Haley shares details about her time serving as U.S. ambassador at the United Nations and her view of appointed officials’ duties. She clarifies that she is no Deep Stater and in our constitutional order, unelected insiders do not set foreign policy.
Haley admitted she occasionally disagreed with the President while at her post, but she said she was also loyal to him and the voters who put Trump in office. She told Norah O’Donnell in an interview that bureaucrats and cabinet officials have their duties but going against what the Constitution and the voters call for is something she finds “offensive.”
While the media promotes the narrative that Trump’s decision-making is erratic and his character suspect, it ignores the long-term effect that will follow unfaithful servants in the executive branch pursuing their own agendas.
The president was elected by the will of the people. Men like Tillerson and Kelly seem to have forgotten that.