Haley reveals details about Trump, Israel
October 26, 2018
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley talked about some of the behind-the-scenes dealings with her boss, President Donald Trump, as well as foreign envoys in a closed-door meeting of the politically conservative Council for National Policy, Harper’s Magazine reported.
The diplomat revealed details about confrontations she had with some of America’s most notorious adversaries, including North Korea.
To pass sanctions in the U.N. Security Council against that Communist state, Haley resorted to the “madman theory,” a political theory from the Nixon administration used to make leaders of hostile nations think the U.S. leader was irrational and volatile.
“My boss is kind of unpredictable, and I don’t know what he’ll do.” That’s what she said to her Chinese counterpart, Haley told the group.
“I tell the president, ‘I do this all the time,’” Haley said, “and he totally gets it.”
Haley also provided background about her acceptance of the job of ambassador two years ago.
“I told [Trump], ‘Honestly, I don’t even know what the U.N. does,’” she said.
“I finally decided that I could take the job, but with a few conditions,” she noted. “I told the president I wanted to be a cabinet secretary. And he said, ‘I can do that.’ I said I wanted to serve on his National Security Council. ‘Done.’ Then I said I’m not going to be a wallflower or a spokesperson. I want to be able to have a decision-making role and give my advice on policy. And he said, ‘Done!’”
Defense of Israel
The conservative audience was especially appreciative when Haley talked about her role in the U.N. defending Israel and America’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.
Haley said she played a big part in helping the administration cut off its huge contributions to UNRWA, the Palestinian aid organization that the Trump administration has called “irredeemably flawed.”
The Council for National Policy says it brings together “the country’s most influential conservative leaders in business, government, politics, religion, and academia,” with the aim of spreading the values of the Conservative movement in America.
Many top-level evangelical Christians belong to the group, which is considered pro-Israel.