Nikki Haley claims top aides tried to recruit her to ‘save the country’ by undermining Trump

Two of Donald Trump’s most prominent advisers were unfaithful to him and tried to circumvent his orders before leaving his administration, accuses former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

In a book entitled ‘With All Due Respect,’ which will be out on Tuesday, she says former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former chief of staff John Kelly, have tried to recruit her to oppose certain policies of the president.

“Kelly and Tillerson told me that when they resisted the president, they were not insubordinate, but they were trying to save the country,” writes the former ambassador, who represented Washington at the UN for the first two years. years of the Trump administration.

It was their decisions, rather than those of the president, that were in the interest of the United States, they said. The president did not know what he was doing.

Nikki Haley, former US ambassador to the UN

“Tillerson went on to tell me he was resisting the president’s rulings because if he did not, people would die,” she says, according to excerpts from the book first released by the Washington Post and then by other media.

Ms. Haley says she was shocked by the two men’s request at a time that is not specified. I could not believe there were two key people in the administration who were harming the president , she told the Post .

According to her, the two men should have submitted their grievances directly to the President, or even resigned, rather than invite him to join them.

To harm the president is really something very dangerous. And it’s against the Constitution, and against what the Americans want. And it was insulting.

Nikki Haley, former US ambassador to the UN

The excerpts published by the American press do not allow to know where and when this interview of about an hour took place. Ms. Haley says the two men never spoke to her in the same terms after that.

Kelly says he wanted to establish effective processes

Kelly, who served as Secretary of Homeland Security for six months before serving as chief of staff for about a year and a half, denied that he had undermined the president’s authority during a six-month period.

“If, speaking of resistance and stagnation, it means putting in place a management process […] to ensure that the president knows the pros and cons of any political decision before making an informed decision, then I plead guilty,” he said.

Mr. Tillerson, who was unceremoniously dismissed by Mr. Trump in March 2018, did not comment on Ms. Haley’s allegations.

Haley, who served six years as governor of South Carolina before being hired by the Trump administration, is seen as a potential successor to the president.

The tone of her book leaves no doubt that she continues to support Trump, even though she claims to have sometimes disagreed with him.

Some disagreements with Trump

In particular, she indicates that she disapproved of her boss’s comments after a militant of the left was killed by a white supremacist during a protest in Charlottesville in August 2017.

Mr. Trump had suggested that there was a form of moral equivalence in the excesses of the left and the right , generating an outcry.

“The words of a leader are important in these situations. And the president’s words were hurtful and dangerous. […] I picked up the phone and called the president,” writes Ms. Haley, who has never publicly disagreed.

She also stressed her discomfort with the stance adopted by Mr Trump during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.

The US president said he believed his Russian counterpart, who denied Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election, against the advice of his own intelligence services .

Haley says in her book, however, that she agrees with several other controversial decisions by the president, including the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement on the Climate and the Vienna Nuclear Agreement, and the relocation of the US Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem.

There is no doubt that Mr. Trump still considers Ms. Haley an ally.

“Make sure to order a copy of [her book] today or get one in bookstores during her tour,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday, giving his blessing to the book.

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