I have always liked and admired Nikki Haley. Both Nikki Haley and John Bolton were fantastic when it came to handling the despots of the UN. She just gave a wide-ranging interview to CBS News anchor Nora O’Donnell and dropped a major bombshell about several key members of President Trump’s White House staff who tried to pressure her to “save the country” by challenging Trump.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly both evidently were working on a “resistance” group within the White House and tried to recruit her as a front-line member. Frankly, it left Haley speechless that they would do such a subversive thing. Haley told O’Donnell that the pair “confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country” and that “Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president’s decisions was because, if he didn’t, people would die.”
From The Daily Wire:
“Haley first revealed the conversations in her new book, “With All Due Respect.” She elaborated on the secret conversations in her interview with O’Donnell, which aired during a segment on CBS Sunday Morning.
“[I]nstead of saying that to me, they should’ve been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan,” Haley told O’Donnell, making it clear that she much preferred confronting the president outright than organizing behind his back.
“It should’ve been, ‘Go tell the president what your differences are, and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing,’” Haley told O’Donnell. “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 it was offensive.”
.@norahodonnell: "Do you think ultimately [POTUS] will be impeached & removed from office?"
Nikki Haley: "No. On what? You're going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn't happen & giving money & it wasn't withheld? I don't know what you would impeach him on." pic.twitter.com/GtSwBokVkU
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 9, 2019
“Haley’s book outlines a number of clashes she had with Trump’s White House Chief of Staff and the president’s former Secretary of State, including an incident that centered around her decision to withdraw the United States’ support from a United Nations body that supported Palestinians and gave material support to organizations that supported terrorist attacks against Israelis.
“Tillerson and Kelly opposed the move, Haley wrote, according to CNN. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, helped Haley get the decision approved.
“I was so shocked I didn’t say anything going home because I just couldn’t get my arms around the fact that here you have two key people in an administration undermining the President,” Haley told the Washington Post in an interview about her book.
“In her book, Haley portrays herself as a strong voice of reason in an otherwise chaotic White House, even opposing the President when the need arose. In “With All Due Respect,” Haley recalls confronting Trump over his initial cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and dressing down the president over his “moral equivalence” between leftist protesters and white nationalists in the wake of a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one leftist protester dead.
“Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has often been cited as a future Republican presidential candidate and a potential replacement for current Vice President Mike Pence if President Donald Trump wins re-election and serves a second term. Several former members of the GOP have pressed Haley to challenge Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020, but Haley seems content to begin laying the foundation for a future run.”
None of this surprises me in the least. Personally, I was against Rex Tillerson from the start. I’m disappointed in John Kelly as well but not all that surprised. I’m sure there are more like them still in the administration. That President Trump gets anything done at all is a wonder. With friends like Tillerson and Kelly, who needs enemies? Trump has enemies within and without his presidency galore.
I have no doubt both Tillerson and Kelly felt threatened by Haley’s amicable relationship with the president. Haley said that during her time in the administration she felt obligated “to carry out [Trump’s] wishes since he was the one elected by voters.” And as long as they are constitutional, that’s the way it should be.
Haley also strongly defended Trump from accusations that his dealings with Ukraine merit impeachment during her interview with CBS.
“You’re gonna 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,” Haley said. She later added, “The Ukrainians never did the investigation. And the president released the funds. I mean, 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?”
“Impeachment is, like, 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,” she told O’Donnell. Good for her.
CBS asked both former officials for a response, to which Kelly replied, “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.” In other words, Haley is telling the truth.