Nikki Haley became the latest high ranking Trump Administration official to either get voted off or leave the White House Apprentice after suddenly stepping down from her role as Ambassador to the UN on Tuesday. Even though reports suggest Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, former South Carolina Republican Governor and frequent Trump critic Mark Sanford (R-SC) isn’t buying it.
Appearing on MSNBC earlier, Sanford told host Craig Melvin the timing, just weeks ahead of the 2018 midterms, smell fishy.
Something doesn’t smell right, something’s weird, said Sanford. I can’t put my finger on it. Either there’s another shoe to drop from a Trump standpoint, something that we don’t know and that she wants to get out of the way of. Or alternatively there was this, you know, inquiry I guess put in yesterday on private planes, Sanford said, referring to an ethics inquiry into Haley’s use of private flights.
Given what we know about the great many Trump officials who either resigned in shame or were forced out by the president himself, Rep. Sanford is very apt to be skeptical. Haley, despite being a critic of Trump and his 2016 presidential run, seemed to be the only Trump official with job security. There are many theories already gaining traction in regards to her resignation. It could be as simple as National Security Advisor John Bolton, an insanely hawkish hardliner, pushing her out. But Mark Sanford touched on the possibility of ethical dilemmas being the cause of her removal.
Given what she saw happen to [former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom] Price and what she saw happen to [former EPA Administrator Scott] Pruitt, maybe she just doesn’t want to, you know, risk the possibility of being pushed out as both of them were given the private plane question, he added. Maybe you could say ‘I’m just tired and I need a break’, but that’s kind of like when people in politics say ‘I just need to go home and spend more time with the family’, Sanford laughed, perhaps thinking of the sex scandal that forced him to resign as governor of the state.
Watch the entire segment below: