White House, Nikki Haley Exchange Barbs

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is the latest top official at odds with the White House

As CNN reports, another top Trump administration official is in the doghouse:

A consensus emerged Tuesday at the White House and Mar-a-Lago about how to clean up the administration’s suddenly muddled plans to crack down on Russia: Blame Nikki Haley.

Several administration officials said the US ambassador to the United Nations got ahead of President Donald Trump’s decision-making when she hit the Sunday talk show circuit and said the US would level new sanctions the next day targeting Russian companies that facilitated the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program. The sanctions have yet to come.

“She got ahead of the curve,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told reporters on Tuesday near the President’s Florida estate, a day after a report claiming Trump “put the brakes” on plans for new Russia sanctions. “She’s done a great job, she’s a very effective ambassador. There might have been some momentary confusion about that.”

Haley struck back with a stunning statement later in the day that opened a new rift in the administration and raised questions about the White House’s explanation of her comments.

“With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” she said in a statement obtained by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Kudlow says that he later called Haley to apologize, but there is clearly a great deal of tension with President Trump regarding potential plans for new Russia sanctions.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Who is in charge of this clown car anyway?

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Nikki needs to chill.  Doesn’t she realize that at this very minute Prime Minister Abe and The Tangerine Froot Loop are right now, along with the dessert guests at Mar Lago (and probably Kudlow and Ivanka, too), planning a yuge reprise missle attack on Syria??  (I guess Trump knows how much them Japanese like fireworks?!)

    As this President would probably say, “Don’t you know by now that good governance takes time, honey!?  Let the stable geniuses handle the tough stuff.”

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    On a serious note, Haley is ambitious as hell, and smart.  She’s probably been looking for her escape pod, before the mid-term cataclysm soils her future prospects.  She won’t be sticking around to let herself be fired by the current occupant incompetent.

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