UN Security Council Ambassador Nikki Haley should be treated with the respect that her position demands, yet Donald Trump made fun of her at an all-male UN Council luncheon at the White House Monday. Amid the male laughter at her expense, the former governor of South Carolina did what women in this country still do daily.
The president actually did Haley a double disservice. As she sat at his right hand, he also joked about firing her, and as most people understand, that is no laughing matter. Trump quipped at the luncheon:
‘Now, does everybody like Nikki? Does everybody like Nikki? Otherwise, she could easily be replaced. Right?’
Given how volatile the president is, no one in the White House can be secure in their current position with the exception of Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Even the Trump children realize that if they do a poor job, they could be fired, too.
After his comment in poor taste, the president paused a moment for the laughter, then he told the all-male crowd:
‘We won’t do that, I promise.’
Former ambassador to the UN in the Clinton administration Nancy Soderberg commented to the New York Times:
‘Particularly this week, with everything on his plate, that he would take time out and have a conversation with the Security Council is a sign that he’s open to listening to them. It’s frankly surprising. It’s a testament to Nikki Haley’s increasing prominence within the administration.’
Before being elected governor, Haley earned a degree in accounting. She went on to work in her mother’s “upscale clothing business Exotica International helping to make it a multimillion-dollar company,” according to one of her bio’s.
Republican Haley faced the longest-serving state South Carolina representative Larry Coon in 2004 primary. She won and went on to take the general election, where she ran unopposed. She was the first Indian-American to hold office in South Carolina. In 2006, she ran unopposed for re-election, then she beat her Democrat opponent in 2008.
She was elected governor of South Carolina in 2010. Then, Trump confirmed Haley as ambassador to the UN in 2017.
Haley is tough, but the issue is not whether she can take it. Trump’s treatment of Ambassador Haley at the luncheon is just another example of the old boys’ club in the Trump administration hard at work, and that is unforgivable.
Check out this video of Trump belittling Haley below:
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