Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley revealed in her new memoir that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to recruit her to undermine President Donald Trump.
Haley said on CBS This Morning:
Haley recounts a closed-door encounter with then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country … Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president’s decisions was because, if he didn’t, people would die. This was how high the stakes were, he and Kelly told me. We are doing the best we can do to save the country, they said. We need you to work with us and help us do it. This went on for over an hour.”
O’Donnell asked, “You memorialized that conversation? It definitely happened?”
“It absolutely happened,” said Haley. “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.”
Haley wrote about the events in her new memoir, With All Due Respect.
Haley described “Tillerson as ‘exhausting’ and imperious and Kelly as suspicious of her access to Trump.”
The men told Haley that “their decisions, not the president’s, that were in the best interests of America” since Trump “didn’t know what he was doing.”
Tillerson did not respond to questions. Kelly said: “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.”
Norah O’Donnell asked if Haley believes Congress will impeach Trump:
Haley replied, “No. On what? 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. And look, Norah, 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.”
“To be clear, it was not a complete transcript. There are still things that are missing from it. And in it, he does say, ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though.'”
“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 that decision?”
Haley is correct. The media and the left try to twist the phone call, but the transcript clearly shows no “quid pro quo.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said numerous times Trump never applied pressure or threatened him.DONATE
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