Politics Haley spat fuels political chatter around White House

07:36  19 april  2018
07:36  19 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

U.S. envoy to U.N. says Syria used chemical weapons 50 times

  U.S. envoy to U.N. says Syria used chemical weapons 50 times U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday that Washington estimates that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have used chemical weapons at least 50 times during the seven-year-long conflict. "Our President has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria. But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree," Haley told the U.N. Security Council."All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons," Haley said.

Haley 's choice of advisers and her focus as U.S. ambassador have fueled the political chatter . Her posting in New York gives Haley a balance of access to the president and a safe distance from White House infighting.

Indeed, watching Haley ’s press conference at the White House on Sept. With the White House reeling from spats with Mexico and the furious response to its immigration She’s working phones, working the people, she’s gotten to know an awful lot of people around the UN,” says Bremmer.

Nikki Haley sitting on a table© Provided by The Hill Nikki Haley's public spat with the White House has underscored Trump World's obsession about the political ambitions of people in the president's orbit.

Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, raised eyebrows Tuesday when she hit back at the White House after top economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused her of being confused when she prematurely announced new sanctions against Moscow on Sunday.

Her cutting rejoinder - "with all due respect, I don't get confused" - earned cheers from people who called it an example of resolve from a strong female leader and boos from others who accused her of disloyalty for going after one of Trump's newest handpicked aides.

Nikki Haley finds herself under the bus as Trump shifts course on Russia

  Nikki Haley finds herself under the bus as Trump shifts course on Russia Shortly after The Post reported Trump “has battled his top aides on Russia and lost,” he exerts his authority. Coincidence?Less than 20 hours later, Trump has now reversed U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's announcement that the United States would be ramping up sanctions on Russia.

Haley Barbour has a busy week of political travel ahead of him, sparking chatter that he's collecting But the adviser noted that Barbour is also a political junkie: as a former party chairman, he enjoys meeting with state parties and new candidates around the The White House said he resigned.

He said people should be able deduce who Trump was romantically involved with from a specific paragraph in “Fire and Fury” ― his controversial tell-all book about the White House . But Wolff claimed he didn’t fuel the speculation about Haley .

It is virtually unheard of for administration officials to openly discuss their political futures, and Haley, who is widely seen as a present and future GOP star, has not said anything significant about running for a higher political office.

Nonetheless, the comments had Trump allies saying that Haley is thinking too much of her own political brand.

"Clearly she has machinations for higher office and will do anything to continue rising, even if it eventually means throwing President Trump and his administration under the bus," said one former White House official.

Haley's office did not respond to a request for comment on this story, but the former South Carolina governor told reporters on Wednesday that her relationship with Trump is "perfect," according to Reuters.

Trump adviser denies confusion over Russia sanctions

  Trump adviser denies confusion over Russia sanctions <p>White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday the United States had imposed a set of sanctions on Russia and was considering other measures for the future.</p>His comments came after U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said over the weekend that new U.S. sanctions would be forthcoming, only to have President Donald Trump delay further action on Monday, according to a senior administration official.

Get up to the minute breaking political news and in-depth analysis on ABCNews.com. Haley was headed back to the White House for a national security meeting.

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A former Haley staffer called her "the most loyal politician I've ever been around," adding that "it is unfair to say somehow she is disloyal to the president and just looking out for her political future."

Loyal or not, however, there have been a number of differences between Haley and Trump when it comes to Russia. The two have adopted contrasting tones which hint at a more fundamental divergence.

Haley is one of the administration's most outspoken critics of the Kremlin, while Trump has often taken a less aggressive approach in hopes of forging a closer relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump was frustrated when Haley said Sunday that new sanctions were coming on Russia.

"Trump's frustration has been building because it looks like she's trying to outmaneuver the president while she works for him," said one Republican with close ties to the White House. "We'll see if she actually starts doing her job instead of trying to be secretary of State or secretary of Defense."

Nikki Haley Got ‘Ahead of the Curve’ in Announcing Russian Sanctions, Officials Say

  Nikki Haley Got ‘Ahead of the Curve’ in Announcing Russian Sanctions, Officials Say The White House put further daylight between President Trump and Ms. Haley after she said the United States would impose new sanctions on Russian companies.WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The White House put further daylight between President Trump and his United Nations ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, on Tuesday, as Mr. Trump’s chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said she had gotten “ahead of the curve” in announcing new sanctions against Russia.

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“She has her eyes on a bigger political horizon.” Haley has denied any presidential ambitions, saying in April that she “can’t imagine running for the White House .” But her conspicuous maneuvering in the foreign policy world has fueled suspicions that she’s interested in the possibility.

The friction over Russia drew additional notice because a day earlier Trump had quashed an effort by Vice President Pence to hire Haley's deputy, Jon Lerner, as his national security adviser while Lerner continued serving at the U.N.

Trump shot the hire down when he read that Lerner helped make anti-Trump ads for the conservative group Club for Growth during the 2016 presidential primary.

Two Trump supporters blamed the situation on Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who brought Lerner aboard. Ayers, a veteran GOP operative who has worked on campaigns with Lerner, is seen as being tasked with protecting the vice president's political brand.

He's seen as more of a specialist in politics than national security, which led many to see Lerner's joining the veep's team as a political move.

Trump's White House has been characterized by infighting, and some say anyone suggesting that Pence, Haley and their subordinates are plotting a political future together are simply trying to cause problems and divide Trump from Haley.

Officials say talk that Pence and Haley are thinking about forming a presidential ticket is ridiculous.

Haley says relationship with Trump is 'perfect'

  Haley says relationship with Trump is 'perfect' U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki Haley insisted on Wednesday that her relationship with President Trump is "perfect," despite a spat between Haley and the White House. Asked on Wednesday about her relationship with the president, Haley told reporters it's "perfect," Reuters reported. A Politico report also indicated that the U.N. ambassador flashed a thumbs-up as she made the remark.Reuters's New York bureau chief said Haley was also asked if Trump should be worried about a potential Vice President Pence and Haley presidential ticket in 2020.

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"No, this laughable conspiracy theory is totally false and beyond belief - even by Washington's standards," Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement.

Plenty of people outside the White House also see it as a stretch to think that such machinations are in play.

A GOP strategist in contact with the White House said "there is no doubt" that Haley has eyes on a higher office, but that it is highly unlikely she will be running for the White House in the near term.

At the age of 46, Haley's future in politics could go beyond Trump's presidency - which his supporters expect to last through 2024.

Haley's defenders say it is natural for her speak out to maintain her integrity when she is criticized publicly.

"She has to stand up for herself because she is being characterized as confused," said the GOP strategist. "Clearly, she does not move without coordinating with the White House. Because she has higher ambitions, she felt the need to correct the record publicly."

While Haley's sanctions comments angered Trump, it's not clear that he has completely soured on her.

"I think it is a question of competency and she is obviously competent," said the former White House official when asked about the president's feelings about Haley.

The ambassador has not become enmeshed in the type of ethics scandals that have plagued other Cabinet heads and her charisma and outspokenness, while grating to some, can be an asset for the president.

"She is a well-spoken female conservative and for better or for worse, that goes a long way with a lot of people. There is a deficit of that in the GOP," the former official said.

Jonathan Easley and Niall Stanage contributed.

Haley's response: 'I don't get confused' draws notice .
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's response to a critical comment by a close adviser to President Donald Trump has drawn notice from the administration and from her admirers. She said simply, "I don't get confused," when the aide said that might have been a problem when she said Russia sanctions were coming.&nbsp;Haley's rejoinder to a putdown from a close Trump adviser about message confusion — she declared that "I don't get confused" — was seized as a rallying cry among some women and echoed the audacity the former governor displayed while upending the old boys' club in the South Carolina Statehouse.

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