Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has a new book out, and it contains some startling allegations. Among the most serious? That that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to cut President Trump out of policy decisions.
The allegations were reported in a Washington Post article.
Haley claims that the pair tried to recruit her for their plan, writing, “Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country.”
“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.”
However, Haley says she was having none of it.
The former official has continued to defend the president since leaving office, most recently on a segment of CBS Sunday Morning. When asked by Norah O’Donnell about impeachment, Haley dismissed the idea.
“You’re 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 went on to describe impeachment as the political equivalent of capital punishment.
“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.”
“The Ukrainians never did the investigation, and the president released the funds,” Haley continued. 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?”
Haley also talked more about her conflict with Tillerson and Kelly.
“It absolutely happened. And instead of saying that to me, they should’ve been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan. It should’ve been, ‘Go tell the president what your differences are, and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing.’ 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.”
Titled With All Due Respect, Haley’s book is scheduled to be released on November 12.