U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is not interested in moving to Washington or switching jobs in the Trump administration.
With rumors rampant of a shake-up in the Trump administration and questions about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson‘s position, Haley seemed clear about her immediate future.
“I’m happy in New York,” she told CNN during an interview in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.
The former South Carolina governor also shot down speculation about Tillerson and whether she would take over the job if the president offered it to her.
“I would not take it,” Haley said. “I want to be where I’m most effective,”
On her own relationship with Tillerson, Haley said simply, “I see him at meetings just like I see everyone else.”
Haley wrapped up a three-nation tour as she traveled to Ethiopia, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. She was evacuated Wednesday from a U.N. camp for the homeless in South Sudan, a nation engulfed in a bloody civil war since 2013.
In Kinshasa at the end of her week-long trip, Haley again addressed the secretary of state questions.
“I just don’t want to keep having this conversation. The focus is, I really want to do a good job now in what I’m doing,” she told reporters, according to Business Insider. “We have a secretary of state. Tillerson’s not going anywhere, so it’s really not been a topic of conversation.”
Rumors circulated earlier this month that Trump was reportedly furious with Tillerson who allegedly referred to the president as a “moron” in front of fellow cabinet officials in July. Tillerson himself addressed rumors, denying that he had any intention of resigning and Trump confirmed the same.
Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign. This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017
Haley continues to be a prominent member of Trump’s cabinet, however, boldly speaking on issues from North Korea and Iran to local U.S. racial tensions and even the current national discussion of the sexual harassment issue. Once a “never-Trumper” the 45 year-old diplomat now staunchly defends him.
Trump is not “given the benefit of the doubt,” she said, according to CNN, and he is not the divisive leader he is portrayed to be.
“The second he says something, he’s criticized for it,” Haley said.
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