Nikki Haley's resignation as Ambassador to the United Nations caught many by surprise. We've always wondered about Haley's ambitions, but Monday's peculiar presser shed no light on that.
Haley's announced departure was unusual for an administration with a revolving door. It appeared to have been on friendly terms.
Haley's run as Ambassador to the United Nations has been largely successful and she has garnered respect. She has, occasionally had to push back on statements from the White House, like the one where John Kelly called her "confused."
Haley's taken on damage control to address her boss's agenda to blow up the United Nations and America's connections with traditional allies.
Whether that agenda is in America's best interest or in Russia's is a story for another day.
Haley's latest challenge came last month, after Trump's reality TV personality drew laughter and derision from world leaders.
People who don't attend Trump rallies are aware that in many corners of the world America and her leader have become laughing stocks.
This flies in the face of Haley's well staged sit down with Trump when she told the cameras that America is now respected because of "this one."
Nikki Haley knows better.
There was some interesting take away from the prime time Trump-Haley love fest, one being Haley's insistence that she would be working for Trump's reelection in 2020.
Maybe we should check back with her after the midterms.
One peculiar moment came when Haley, seemingly unprompted proclaimed the "genius" of first son-in-law Jared Kushner. She went on to share that Kushner and his wife, Ivanka are doing amazing things behind the scenes that no one knows about.
Magical things, no doubt. Like the magical things that Captain Bone Spurs did in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Nobody knows about them, either.
The recurrent theme here is that they are all doing magical things that nobody knows about, like the secret meetings with Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un.
We did get a glimpse into Don's meeting with Kanye West, but that's going to take a minute to digest.
Here's what you may not know: Like others in the Trump administration, Haley is under investigation for accepting private jet flights from three South Carolina businessmen.
In addition to accepting the flights, it appears that she undervalued them by a factor of ten. She listed her travel at a cost of about $3,000 when, in fact the flights alone were worth about $30,000.
Did Haley quit to put the kibosh on the investigation? Too early to say.
Another working theory is that Haley has been in contact with Robert Mueller and has somehow gotten the notion into her head that the shit is going to start hitting the fan in short order.
File this one under "Abandon ship!"
If this this last theory proves to hold water, it would not be the first time this scenario played out in America. In 1973 George H. W. Bush quit the very same position (at the very same age, 46) just ahead of the Watergate scandal crashing down on Richard Nixon.
One thing about history (which is a good reason to read about it): It tends to repeat itself.
You can read more about George H.W. Bush HERE, but I can tell you that he served two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president and finally got elected president in 1988.
We'll have to wait and see what Nikki Haley will be doing come 2036.
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