Nikki Haley Alleges Two White House Officials Tried To Recruit Her Into Resisting Trump
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has penned a new book, describing her time working for the White House among other issues.
In a number of passages, she alleges that two individuals in the Trump administration at the time she served had tried to recruit her into standing up against some of President Donald Trump’s most egregious decisions, the Washington Post reported.
Haley has been an adamant supporter of Trump, although she wrote in her book that she did stand up against him when his public comments crossed the line. Still, when pressed by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly to be more direct against Trump’s more questionable behavior and policies, she refused to do so.
“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 in her book.
“”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 said the two argued to her.
Within Haley’s book, titled “With All Due Respect,” she also suggested that the two told her their work to undermine the president was an effort to “save the country.” She also said that Tillerson had told her people might die as a result of Trump’s actions.
NEW: Nikki Haley writes in her new book that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told her that people would die if Trump went unchecked. https://t.co/lAhQ3rpzi4
— Axios (@axios) November 10, 2019
In addition to news about her upcoming book’s release (and its contents), Haley made headlines over the weekend when she defended the president against an impeachment inquiry in the House, being led by Democratic lawmakers on various congressional committees.
She likened the process’s end result to capital punishment for Trump. “There’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president,” she said, referring to a memorandum released by the White House that did not contain a verbatim account of Trump’s controversial conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Haley resigned from her position as ambassador several months before Trump had any phone calls with Zelensky.
Her comments prompted singer/songwriter John Legend to hit back, noting that Trump’s impeachment — and removal from office, if the Senate voted to indict — was in no way comparable to the death penalty.
“It’s not the death penalty. It’s firing him from the most important job in the country because he can’t be trusted with it,” Legend wrote. “Real people are actually sentenced to death. This is not that.”