President Donald Trump is reportedly “infuriated” with United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley after she said that women accusing him of sexual misconduct had a right to be heard.
During an interview on Face the Nation over the weekend, Haley said that she was “proud” of women who have spoken out about sexual harassment across the country in recent months. And the ambassador did not cut her boss a break when it came to allegations that he had groped, kissed and sexually harassed multiple women.
“I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up,” Haley said.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Haley’s remarks did not go unnoticed by the president.
Haley’s comments infuriated the president, according to two people who are familiar with his views but who spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Trump has grown increasingly angry in recent days that the accusations against him have resurfaced, telling associates that the charges are false and drawing parallels to the accusations facing Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Sixteen women have come forward with a range of accusations against Trump, many after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape last October in which Trump was caught on an open microphone bragging about groping women. One woman, Summer Zevos, a contestant on Trump’s reality show, “The Apprentice,” sued, contending that Trump’s denials of her accusations amount to false and defamatory statements.
For his part, Trump has denied all of the allegations. In a Tweet on Tuesday, he attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand after she called for him to step down over charges of sexual misconduct.
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017