Nikki Haley says John Kelly and Rex Tillerson tried to recruit her

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

In her upcoming memoir, With All Due Respect, set to be released on Tuesday, Haley detailed a disagreement she had with then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly during a meeting regarding her recommendation to withhold funding for a United Nations agency that backed Palestinians.

Haley called Tillerson and Kelly's attempt to subvert the President "offensive" in an interview that aired Sunday on "CBS Sunday Morning".

Haley told the Post about the encounter, saying, "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 said in a Sunday tweet that the book is about "my experience in life and government". The president didn't know what he was doing.

"To undermine a president is really a very risky thing", Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations, told CBS. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want.

"If by resistance and stalling she means putting a staff process in 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", Kelly told CBS News in response to Haley's account.

Tillerson was sacked by Trump in March 2018 by tweet.

Kelly and Tillerson's arguments mirror those made by some of the witnesses Democrats called to testify in private before the House Intelligence Committee.

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There was no immediate comment from Mr Tillerson.

Later, Tillerson said the president was "undisciplined" and did not like to read briefing reports.

Haley said she was offended that Tillerson and Kelly would try to undermine Trump.

O'Donnell noted that Haley has said she doesn't plan to run for office in the immediate future but "there are still chapters to be written".

In an interview with the Post in her publisher's NY office, Haley dismissed House Democrats' moves to impeach Trump over his pressure on the Ukrainian government to obtain political dirt on an opponent.

She also wrote that his comments after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, that there were good people on "both sides", had been "hurtful and dangerous". "Do I think the president did something that warrants impeachment? No".

"No, it's not appropriate", Haley agreed before defending the Trump.

Haley's book comes out Tuesday.

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