Nikki Haley's Retort Sends Message to Trump

UN ambassador shows she won't quietly take public humiliation from the White House
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2018 9:30 AM CDT
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley arrives for a Security Council meeting on Wednesday at United Nations headquarters.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – Nikki Haley is getting a lot of attention for her not-so-subtle rejoinder to the White House. It all began when the UN ambassador declared that the US would be imposing new sanctions on Russia, only to have President Trump change his mind about them. When Trump economics adviser Larry Kudlow said Haley had suffered from "momentary confusion," she shot back that she doesn't "get confused." Kudlow quickly apologized, but Haley's response is resonating. Coverage:

  • Unusual: At CNN, Jeremy Diamond found Haley's defiance "stunning" given that "public humiliation is a rite of passage for many top officials in the Trump administration." Most, including Rex Tillerson and John Kelly, have gone along with the presidential contradictions in silence.

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