Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley’s has a new book out, claiming that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to recruit her to counter what they saw as President Trump’s destructive policies, but she refused. In a segment this Monday, CNN’s Kate Bolduan said Haley “has been able to walk a fine line where others have not, which is publicly breaking from the President on certain issues and also being able to remain in his good graces,” adding that President Trump is even promoting her new book, With All Due Respect, on his Twitter feed.
Bolduan then turned to USA Today’s Susan Page to discuss Haley’s future.
Page, who recently interviewed Haley, said that it’s pretty clear that she’s positioning herself to run for president “when the Trump era is over.”
When asked about Haley’s motives in taking Tillerson and Kelly to task, Page drew connections between the revelations and the explosive op-ed written in the New York Times last year by an anonymous high-level Trump staffer.
“When you go back and you listen to the language in that op-ed and the language that Nikki Haley uses in describing [Tillerson and Kelly’s attempt to recruit her], they are very similar,” Page said. “And this conversation she had in [Kelly’s] office took place a week or two before the column ran in the New York Times.”
Page said that when she asked Haley if she thought the op-ed was written by either Tillerson or Kelly, “she decline to speculate.”
Couple that with the recent whistleblower revelations regarding Trump’s infamous phone call with the president of Ukraine, Page says that it shows the White House is “dysfunctional.”
“You can’t have a functional White House when the chief of staff and the secretary of state are trying to manipulate and defy what the president wants to do,” Page said.
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Democratic senator says she gets more ‘disheartened’ every day hearing GOP deny evidence and witnesses
Day after day, Republicans senators find new excuses to dismiss the evidence they hear that in any courtroom would convict an ordinary American citizen. It was enough to make normally happy Sen. Debbie Stabenow (R-MI) feel "disheartened" by the whole process.
"As somebody from Michigan, we believe in commonsense, and you can't look at all this and say, 'is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?'" said Stabenow. "And you can't look at this and say, 'Is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?' All of this coming out over and over again. I'll never forget Adam Schiff on the floor saying to all of us, 'Nobody's saying, well, gosh, Donald Trump would never do that.' The truth is it's all about will he get away with it? It's all about, are they going to be successful in hiding it and so on?"
Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera attacks former White House press secretary on Twitter as ‘old douche’
In a bizarre moment, Sunday evening politics turned into a war of wards in President Donald Trump's Twitter comments.
Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera responded to former press secretary Joe Lockhart, who had replied to one of the tweets Trump retweeted from Rivera.
"Gloom settling on Democrats as they realize they’ve taken their best kill shot & missed. Dems in despair. Republicans United. @realDonaldTrump survives & #Impeachment all over but the shouting," said Rivera, hopefully not literally saying that Democrats wanted to shoot or kill the president.
Lockhart responded to the comment by mocking the Fox News host, saying that he was only making the comment to help get his contract renewed.
Cartoon Chief Justice tells Susan Collins to just quit and ‘go become a lobbyist’ already
Cartoon Chief Justice John Roberts began the latest season of Stephen Colbert's animated show, which began its new season Sunday.
Facing the U.S. Senate, Roberts observed Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) dressed as a mouse.
"Oh no! Mouse in the chamber! Everybody forget this vote and run!" the cartoon senator said.
"Senator Collins, just go be a lobbyist," cartoon Roberts said.
As Roberts explained the rules to the chamber, Collins was then spotted spilling gasoline on the floor.
"Everyone, please remember, this is the United States Senate," Roberts said. "We must not degrade the sacred institution home to Strom Thurmond. Let us comport ourselves with dignity, prudence, and Senator Collins, what are you doing?"