Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley received the American Enterprise Institute’s 2019 Irving Kristol Award and gave remarks in which she championed America’s role in the world.
Haley said on Tuesday night that the world needs American leadership even though it would be “nicer and cheaper” to withdraw from the world stage.
“It would be nicer and cheaper if American leadership was not needed to protect our values and our interests. Sadly, that’s not the world we live in.”
Toward the end of her speech, Haley focused on individuals in government who tried to “undermine and obstruct” President Donald Trump.
“When I was in the administration, I served alongside colleagues who believed that the best thing to do for America was to undermine and obstruct the president. Some wrote about it anonymously in The New York Times. Others just did it.”
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Haley said that while those individuals believed they were doing the right thing, she felt differently, as she added that Trump was elected to be president:
“The president was the choice of the people, in accordance with our founding charter. No policy disagreement with him, no matter how heartfelt, justifies undermining the lawful authority that is vested in his office by the Constitution.”
She said that people who serve in the administration do not have the right to try to override Trump’s will or undermine his authority.
“If you serve in the administration, you are not free to push your personal agenda,” Haley said, adding, “What’s at stake is not President Trump’s policies. What’s at stake is the Constitution.”
Haley’s comments come a week after it was reported that the author of an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times last year has written a tell-all book that will be published next month.