- Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote a rebuttal to the bombshell anonymous New York Times op-ed that criticised President Donald Trump this week.
- In her own opinion column published in The Washington Post on Friday night, Haley rebuked the anonymous Trump administration official who declared themselves part of an internal “resistance” group intent on hamstringing the president.
- But Haley did not offer the kind of full-throated Trump endorsement that other administration officials did.
- Haley said of the Trump administration: “I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country. But I don’t agree with the president on everything.”
- The White House has been reeling over that unsigned editorial this week, and Trump is said to have narrowed down a list potential “suspects” who may have written it.
Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, would like you to know she is displeased with the unnamed senior Trump administration official who wrote a New York Times op-ed declaring themselves part of an internal “resistance” against the president.
Haley published counter op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday, rebuking the anonymous author who painted Trump as petulant, unintelligent, and ill-suited for the Oval Office.
“What this ‘senior official in the Trump administration’ has done, and is apparently intent on continuing to do, is a serious disservice – not just to the president, but to the country,” Haley wrote, echoing a common refrain coming from inside the administration this week.
Like the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders,Vice President Mike Pence, adviser Kellyanne Conway, and others, Haley invited the unnamed author to resign if they are truly unhappy with the way Trump governs.
But unlike others in Trump’s inner circle, Haley did not offer a full-throated endorsement of the president.
“I don’t agree with the president on everything. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it,” Haley said. “I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.”
Indeed, Haley has not been shy about breaking with Trump on some issues.
- She did that in January 2017 during her Senate confirmation hearing when she insisted the US should hold Russia accountable for its actions in Ukraine and Syria.
- Haley did it again in December when she said women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard.”
- And in July this year, one week after Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the question of Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election after their joint meeting in Helsinki, Finland, Haley said, “We don’t trust Putin. We never will.”
“Everyone in government owes a greater loyalty to our country and our Constitution than to any individual officeholder,” Haley wrote in her op-ed Friday.
“Dissent is as American as apple pie. If you don’t like this president, you are free to say so, and people do that quite frequently and loudly,” Haley said.
She continued: “But in the spirit of civility that the anonymous author claims to support, every American should want to see this administration succeed. If it does, it’s a win for the American people.”
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