Nikki Haley: Trump’s ‘Unpredictable’ Nature Helped Me ‘Get the Job Done’ and Stay Tough on the UN

Soon-to-be former U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley revealed in a recent interview that she would use President Donald Trump’s “unpredictable” behavior to her advantage when dealing with the U.N.

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In order to “get the job done,” Haley told NBC’s Craig Melvin that the president’s behavior helped the ambassador’s job in “not showing our cards.”

“He would ratchet up the rhetoric, and then I’d go back to the ambassadors and say, ‘You know, he’s pretty upset. I can’t promise you what he’s going to do or not, but I can tell you if we do these sanctions, it will keep him from going too far,'” Haley said.

“I was trying to get the job done. And I got the job done by being truthful but also by letting him be unpredictable and not showing our cards.”

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During the interview, the outgoing ambassador also addressed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, taking a stance slightly against Trump’s.

The president recently claimed that he will not hold Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable.

However, in a previous White House statement, Trump said he “does not condone” the murder of Khashoggi.

“King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!

That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

“It’s a very simple equation for me. I’m about make America great again and I’m about America first,” Trump previously said to the press.

In the recent interview, Haley said there needs to be a “serious, hard talk with the Saudis to let them know we won’t condone this. We won’t give you a pass and don’t do this again.”

“The Saudis have been our partner in defeating and dealing with Iran and that has been hugely important.”

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Haley announced in October that she would be leaving the position as U.S. ambassador at the end of the year — Trump recently announced “Fox & Friends” host and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will replace Haley as ambassador.


  1. How brilliant of her to leverage instead of going “tsk, tsk” and offering apologies.
    (as if any were necessary) Run in 2020 or 2024 Nikki. You have my vote.

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