Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-11-14 20:13:54 UTC
Just whos running the White House in the Donald Trump presidency? Nikki
Haleys new memoir claims that two of Trumps subordinates thought it was
their job to make policy decisions and cut off Trump from any direct
exercise of power. Rex Tillerson and John Kelly tried to get Haley to
cooperate with their efforts to seize the reins, Haley claims, as they
argued that Trump was too incompetent to leave in charge:
Two of President Trumps senior advisers undermined and ignored him in
what they claimed was an effort to save the country, former United
Nations ambassador Nikki Haley claims in a new memoir.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of
Staff John F. Kelly sought to recruit her to work around and subvert
Trump, but she refused, Haley writes in a new book, With All Due
Respect, which also describes Tillerson as exhausting and imperious and
Kelly as suspicious of her access to Trump.
Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president,
they werent being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country,
It was their decisions, not the presidents, that were in the best
interests of America, they said. The president didnt know what he was
doing, Haley wrote of the views the two men held.
Tillerson has yet to comment on the claim, while Kelly offered an indirect
and incomplete denial. If supplying the president with the best advice is
working against Trump, then guilty as charged, Kelly told the
Washington Post. Its true that a chief of staffs main role is
gatekeeper, a function Trump needed badly after the first few months of
his presidency, in order to dial down the chaos. And any White House chief
of staff who does his job properly will end up being resented for
interference, including by the president he or she serves, and probably
especially with Trump.
Theres a big difference between that, though, and attempting a palace
coup, which is what the Washington Post description of Haleys memoirs
describe. That might explain Tillersons departure, although that was
anything but abrupt, and it was also anything but unexpected. Whether
Trump had gotten wind of what Haley is now claiming is another question,
but its worth noting that neither man works in the administration and
that the world hasnt yet come to an end, either.
Although, one has to wonder whether the Ukraine mess would have happened
if either man was still in place. Or Haley either, for that matter, who
told the Post that its not impeachable but was still very unadvisable.
Its tough to see an establishmentarian like Kelly conducting this kind of
shadow presidency, though. New York Magazines Matt Stieb thinks this is a
self-serving ploy for Haley in setting up a presidential run in 2024:
Establishing herself as a hero of the cantankerous administration, Haley
has found her villains in former Chief of Staff John Kelly and former
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. She writes that the pair reached out to
her in their efforts to help push back against Trumps impetuous decision-
making, which she frames as an effort to undermine the president. Kelly
and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they
werent being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country It was
their decisions, not the presidents, that were in the best interests of
America, they said. The president didnt know what he was doing.
Though that last statement has been proven accurate on several occasions,
Haley is critical of her fellow officials decision to slow-walk the
presidents off-the-cuff ideas. According to the book, Tillerson also told
Haley that people would die if Trump who reportedly wanted to shoot
migrants legs and threatened the total destruction of North Korea was
not curtailed. Condemning the idea of a built-in check on Trump should be
a talking point that resonates for the presidential and larger Republican
audiences, as her argument mirrors the popular, conspiratorial deep state
critique that Trump himself has endorsed.
That doesnt make a whole lot of sense in 2019, though. Thats the kind of
book you release in late 2022 or early 2023 to launch a presidential
campaign. Sure, it will keep Haley in MAGA countrys good graces for now,
but politics moves at lightning speed these days. If that was her true
motivation, all Haley would need to do is to make these claims in
occasional interviews and tease her memoir for the next three years.
The timing for Trump, on the other hand, couldnt be better even if its
probably accidental. It takes months for books to get from final draft to
print, which means Haleys memoir was finished no later than this spring,
long before any of the Ukraine-Gate issues arose. Trump can use Haleys
claims to argue that his presidency has been undermined by the Beltway
political establishment all along, although neither Kelly nor especially
Tillerson was part of it before Trump. This is the Deep State exposé that
Trump has needed since the whistleblower came forward. Expect Trump to
ride this horse until it drops.
No collusion - Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III, March 2019.
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