Nikki Haley: Rex Tillerson Warned That People Would Die If Trump Went Unchecked
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that people would die if President Donald Trump went unchecked, according to Haley’s book, "With All Due Respect."
Both Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly worked to undermine Trump’s presidency in an effort to “save the country,” the former South Carolina governor wrote.
Axios reported in 2019 that Haley described Tillerson as “exhausting” in her book, and claimed Kelly was suspicious of her proximity to the president.
“Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country. ... It was their decisions, not the president’s, that were in the best interests of America, they said. The president didn’t know what he was doing," Haley wrote.
She also recounted an argument she had with the two officials “over the administration's decision to cut aid to the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees.”
Asked for comment on Haley’s depiction of his time in the White House, Kelly told The Washington Post 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.”
Tillerson did not respond to a request for comment.