Nikki Haley: Rex Tillerson and John Kelly Worked Against President Trump
In her new book, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley offers details about President Donald Trump’s first two years in office…and the extraordinary efforts of his top staff to take the powers of the presidency away from him.
While Haley stops short of talking about the “25th Amendment” stuff that we’ve heard from other supposed insiders, she does reveal in her book that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to recruit her to help undermine Trump’s agenda.
In “With All Due Respect,” Haley says that Tillerson and Kelly often tried to justify their schemes to go around the president’s back as doing what was right for America.
“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 wrote. “It was their decisions, not the president’s, that were in the best interests of America, they said. The president didn’t know what he was doing.”
Haley wrote that Tillerson once told her that people would die if Trump’s agenda wasn’t kept in check.
According to the Washington Post, Haley provides only “glancing critiques” of President Trump in her book while insisting that it was the responsibility of Trump’s Cabinet to carry out his agenda. He was, after all, the one voters put into the highest office in the land. And she was unapologetically supportive of many of Trump’s decisions. In her book, she cites the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris Climate Agreement as two Trump moves she wholeheartedly backed.
Discussing the book with the Post, Haley was critical of Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Trump, saying there was nothing even vaguely impeachable about the call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“There was no heavy demand insisting that something had to happen,” Haley argued. “So it’s hard for me to understand where the whole impeachment situation is coming from, because what everybody’s up in arms about didn’t happen.
“So, do I think it’s not good practice to talk to foreign governments about investigating Americans? Yes. Do I think the president did something that warrants impeachment? No, because the aid flowed,” she continued. “And, in turn, the Ukrainians didn’t follow up with the investigation.”