Outgoing U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley said that one of the weapons in her diplomatic arsenal is the unpredictable & # 39; The nature of President Donald Trump was and that she would call him to get him the rhetoric if she needed extra firepower.
& # 39; We entered into a partnership, & # 39; told Haley NBC & # 39; s & # 39; Today Show & # 39; in an interview that was broadcast on Wednesday.
"He would put the rhetoric on a list and I would go back to the ambassadors and say, you know, he is pretty upset. I can not promise you what he's going to do or not. But I tell you that if we carry out these sanctions, it prevents him from going too far, "she added.
Outgoing ambassador Nikki Haley, one of the ambassadors, said that one of the weapons in her diplomatic arsenal was the unpredictable nature of President Donald Trump.
She said that she had done her work by President Donald Trump & # 39; unpredictable & # 39; to be
When Haley asked her if she was handling a good approach from an agent / bad agent, she answered: "I tried to get the job done. I was honest and unpredictable by him and not showing our cards. & # 39;
She also said that she did not get involved in the drama & # 39; around the bombastic twitter habits of the president.
& # 39; I know everything, & # 39; she said. • But I am disciplined enough to know that I must not enter into the drama. & # 39;
Haley joined NBC to talk about her work at the United Nations as she prepares to leave the job at the end of the year. Trump nominates spokesperson for the Heather Nauert State Department, a former Fox News anchor, to replace her.
The extensive interview was about American-Russian relations, American-Saudi relations after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how she could manage her relationship with Trump.
Speculation has flown why Haley leaves the plum position, which comes with a chic flat in New York, a staff and status at ambassador level.
She has kept well in an administration with one of the highest percentages of employee turnover. She has a good relationship with Trump, who has used previous favorites in the past. And she has good ties with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, an important survival skill in the Trump world.
Haley, who was the governor of South Carolina, rejected the conversation that she is considering a home in the White House.
She said she has no idea what she will do next, but notes that she and her husband Michael have never spoken of a presidential run.
& # 39; Many people have talked about what I might do in the future. But I can promise you, Michael and I have never talked about becoming president, what that would look like, because our lives were such a nice surprise. The only decision I made now is that I look forward to going to sleep, "she said.
She also pushed back to the idea that she might come away from any disclosure of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the administration, which seems to be in the final stages.
"I have not had time to even pay any attention to the Mueller research," she said.
She added: & # 39; I have tuned it. I can not help it. The only thing that I have said in public and I strongly believe is that I think that, if it goes further, the research must go forward, but that they must advance, for the good of the country. They have to get along and let us know what they know. & # 39;
Haley also talked about what it's like to work with Trump and noted that it's secret & # 39; is that it is fair.
Be honest with myself and be honest with him & # 39 ;, she said.
She explained what she meant by honesty & # 39 ;: & # 39; To tell him when I think we are heading in the right direction or I think we are going the wrong way. And that he was willing to listen to it and to discuss it was very useful. & # 39;
In the interview she also spoke about one of the more sensitive diplomatic issues of the United States: the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the relationship between America and Saudi Arabia in its consequences.
I think we should have a serious, hard talk with the Saudis to let them know that we will not approve this, we will not pass you and do not do this again and then I think the administrations have to talk about where we are going, & # 39; she said.
Then she repeated an argument that President Trump had repeatedly used – that Saudi Arabia is a strong American ally.
Haley defended Jared Kushner, with whom she is in the neighborhood; She was seen here in the Oval Office with Kushner in Ivanka Trump the day she announced she would leave the administration
Haley spoke about a wide range of topics in her exit interview
Nikki Haley broke with President Trump and made it clear that she sees Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) as responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi (right)
What I can tell you is so important that the Saudis have been our partner in defeating and dealing with Iran and that is extremely important, she said.
Haley also defended Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and adviser to the president. Kushner has a close relationship with the Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the throne.
US intelligence officials are of the opinion that there is a strong indication that MBS – the prince is known for his initials – ordered the murder of Khashoggi, who criticized him.
Trump has defended the prince, saying that there is no evidence, a view that some claim to be the result of Kushner's close relationship with the Saudi king.
Haley rejected this.
& # 39; With regard to Jared, I mean those rumors fly all the time, & # 39; she said. We have relationships with many countries and our goal is to make those relationships better. But if these things happen, we have to take a step back and never go back to our principles. & # 39;
And she made it clear that the MBS is responsible – a direct contradiction with the president.
& # 39; It was the Saudi government and MBS is the head of the Saudi government & # 39 ;, she said. So they are all responsible, and they do not get a pass, no individual, not the government – they do not get a pass. & # 39;
She was also asked if Russia is a "friend or foe". used to be?
& # 39; Depending on the day, & # 39; she replied.
She said that she & # 39; Critically & # 39; was opposite Moscow when & # 39; it is justified & # 39 ;.
She was particularly concerned about the Russian confiscation of three Ukrainian ships and the poisoning of the former Russian officer Sergei Viktorovich Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
& # 39; The United States want a relationship with Russia. But as long as they continue to do the actions they do, they make it impossible, "she said.