In an excerpt of her new book, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson routinely worked around and undermined President Trump — which certainly explains why they are no longer in those roles.
According to Haley, the men felt they were trying to “save the country,” not that she had any interest in being a part of their “offensive” actions.
“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, according to The Washington Post.
“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,” she says in the book.
Haley added that Tillerson told her that people would die if Trump was unchecked.
In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” the former ambassador spoke on the shocking details she included in the book.
The network set the stage by saying that her contentious battles at the U.N. “were rivaled by battles for control within the White House,” before sharing details of Haley’s closed-door encounter with Kelly and Tillerson.
Anchor Norah O’Donnell asked Haley if the conversation “definitely happened?”
“It absolutely happened,” Haley replied. “And instead of saying that to me, they should have been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan.”
“It should have been — go tell the president what your differences are and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing,” she continued. “But to undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing and it goes against the Constitution. And it goes against what the American people want. And that was offensive.”
O’Donnell then detailed a response from Kelly.
“If by resistance and stalling she means putting a staff process in place … to ensure the president knew all the pros and cons of what policy decision he might be contemplating so he could make an informed decision, then guilty as charged,” he said.
Described as a “fierce Trump loyalist,” Haley was asked about the Democratic Party’s efforts to take out Trump.
“You think ultimately the president will be impeached and removed from office?” O’Donnell asked.
“No, on what?” Haley answered. “You are going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and giving money and it wasn’t withheld? I don’t know what you would impeach him on.”
She likened impeachment to “the death penalty for a public official.”
“When you look at the transcript, there’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president. And I think that —” Haley began, before being cut off by O’Donnell, who stressed that it was not a complete transcript.
“The Ukrainians never did the investigation and the president released the funds,” Haley then explained. “When you look at those, there’s just nothing impeachable there. And more than that, I think the biggest thing that bothers me is, the American people should decide this. Why do we have a bunch of people in Congress making this decision?”
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