Nikki Haley Claims Rex Tillerson and John Kelly Wanted to Undermine Trump

Nikki Haley: Kelly, Tillerson Tried to Run the Country Behind Trump’s Back

Nikki Haley: Kelly, Tillerson Tried to Run the Country Behind Trump’s Back

Haley's claims, made in a new book and reported by the Washington Post, come as former White House aides have told the House impeachment inquiry that they were alarmed that Trump was making his own policy on Ukraine.

Haley said Tillerson and Kelly should've merely quit if they didn't like what Trump was doing.

"Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president's decisions was because, if he didn't, people would die", she said.

The two former Cabinet members sought Haley's help in their endeavors to subvert the President but she refused, Haley wrote.

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) gives farewell remarks to State Department employees March 22, 2018 at the State Department in Washington. Unlike many other former Trump staffers that have either been ousted or left due to disagreements with the president, Haley has since remained a staunch supporter of the president.

"It absolutely happened", Haley continued. Kelly said that if providing the president "with the best and most open, legal and ethical staffing advice from across the (government) so he could make an informed decision is 'working against Trump, ' then guilty as charged".

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. "And the president's words had been hurtful and risky", Haley wrote.

"To undermine a president is really a very risky thing", Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations, told CBS.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in Washington on October 19, 2017. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want.

"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 an interview with the Post. The two former officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment about the articles. She performed admirably as a Trump crony, telling Fox News that when the audience at the United Nations laughed when Trump claimed he accomplished more than any other US president, they were actually laughing with him, and she tried to heap praise on Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushener, the president's nepotism hires. And she took issue with Trump, saying "both sides" had been to blame for the violence at a white supremacist march in Charlotteville that killed one counter demonstrator. "And the president's words had been hurtful and risky", Haley wrote.

"No, it's not appropriate", Haley told CBS. "But I also can appreciate where he was coming from, from the standpoint of, don't bash America over and over and over again and not do something to try and fix it".

Haley's book will be released Tuesday.