Nikki Haley, the Former US ambassador to the United Nations, has accused top Trump cabinet members Rex Tillerson and John Kelly of trying to recruit her to “save the country” by undermining the president.
Haley is a fierce Trump loyalist, and she made the allegations in her new book, “With All Due Respect.”
The former US ambassador claimed that former Secretary of State Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff Kelly came to her with a plan to work around Trump on issues they felt he was not handling properly.
“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 in an excerpt.
“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.”
Haley wrote that Tillerson as “exhausting,” and said the secretary of state told her that “people would die” if Trump went unchecked.
She also indicated that Kelly was suspicious of her access to the Oval Office.
Haley talked about her experience of the closed-door meeting with Tillerson and Kelly during an interview with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell that aired Sunday.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
When General Kelly was asked about Haley’s account, he responded: “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.”
Tillerson did not respond to requests for comment.
Trump posted on Twitter Sunday evening and wished Haley luck with her book. He tweeted: “@NikkiHaley is out with a new book, ‘With All Due Respect’ this week. Make sure you order your copy today, or stop by one of her book tour stops to get a copy and say hello. Good luck Nikki!”
Haley also commented on the House impeachment inquiry against Trump during the CBS interview, likening it to a “death penalty” and saying she does not think the president will be removed from office.
“You’re going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and — and giving money and it wasn’t withheld? I don’t know what you would impeach him on,” she said.
“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.”
Written by Rich Stevenson
Credit: Daily Mail