Nikki Haley: Kelly, Tillerson Tried to Run the Country Behind Trump’s Back

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 11, 2019

Tillerson was "exhausting" and imperious, and Kelly was suspicious of her access to the president, Haley, a former SC governor who quit the Trump administration previous year, wrote in "With All Due Respect", due to be published Tuesday.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley this weekend told CBS that she was offended when two top aides to Donald Trump attempted to recruit her to "save the world" by undermining the president.

According to Haley, the two senior officials argued their decisions "were in the best interests of America" because they believed Trump "didn't know what he was doing". When the disagreement moved from the Oval Office to Kelly's office, Haley wrote that Kelly told her, "'I have four secretaries of state: "you, H.R. [McMaster then-national security adviser], Jared, and Rex. Kelly left the White House at the end of 2018.

Tillerson also told her that people would die if Trump was unchecked, Haley wrote. But to undermine a is really a very unsafe thing and it goes against the constitution, and it goes against what the American people want.

The former SC governor said the meeting lasted more than an hour and that they never raised the issue to her again. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want.

Ms Haley, 47, said she had refused the request from Mr Kelly and Mr Tillerson, and called it "dangerous" and "offensive".

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) gives farewell remarks to State Department employees March 22, 2018 at the State Department in Washington.

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In the book, Haley supports numerous Trump foreign policy decisions that others in the administration opposed, including the unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement, as well as the decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

But while she did not always agree with Trump, Haley said people like Kelly and Tillerson had an obligation either to carry out his agenda or, if they could not do so, to quit.

There was no immediate comment from Mr Tillerson. Trump has similarly praised her on numerous occasions.

The former ambassador said she disagreed with the president over his handling of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki in 2017. "I picked up the phone and called the president".

The Washington Post obtained a copy of her book, titled "With All Due Respect", ahead of its Tuesday release.

Though she said she dismissed Democratic efforts to impeach the President, she said she opposed Mr Trump's move to ask a foreign government for help in a political investigation, according to the Post.

"No, it's not appropriate", Haley agreed before defending the Trump.

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