Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the UN, has said two top White House aides encouraged her to undermine President Donald Trump.
In a new book, With All Due Respect, Haley says then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told her to resist some of Trump’s demands. They reportedly told her they were “trying to save the country”.
The BBC reports:
“It was their decisions, not the president’s, that were in the best interests of America, they said,” Haley wrote in her book With All Due Respect, which was seen by the Washington Post before its release on Tuesday. Mr Tillerson, she added, told her people would die if the president were not restrained. Ms Haley, 47, said she had refused the request from Mr Kelly and Mr Tillerson, and called it “dangerous” and “offensive”.
“Instead of saying that to me they should have been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan,” she told CBS. “It should have been – go tell the president what your differences are and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing. But to undermine a president… it is really a very dangerous thing and it goes against the constitution, and it goes against what the American people want. It was offensive.”
She also wrote that his comments after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, that there were good people on “both sides”, had been “hurtful and dangerous.” But Ms Haley also said she supported a number of Mr Trump’s policies that others within the administration opposed – such as his decisions to pull the US out of a nuclear deal with Iran, and to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Trump tweeted out his endorsement of Haley’s book on Sunday.
.@NikkiHaley is out with a new book, “With All Due Respect” this week. Make sure you order your copy today, or stop by one of her book tour stops to get a copy and say hello. Good luck Nikki! https://t.co/uHKAAlVuLt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2019
But, as always, an older tweet resurfaced in which he criticized someone he now considers a loyal supporter.
The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2016
Watch Haley’s interview with CBS.