Nikki Haley on Ukraine: A Death Penalty for the President

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump amid the House Democrats’ push for impeachment in a Tuesday appearance on NBC’s “Today.”

Haley argued that when looking at the accusations against Trump of a quid pro quo with Ukraine that “it’s hard to see where impeachment would qualify for that.”

“Impeachment is literally the worst punishment you can do to a public official, and here you’ve got a situation where there was no investigation, and the aid flowed as it was supposed to,” Haley said. “So, when you look at that situation, it’s hard to see where impeachment would qualify for that.”

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She later added to her statements saying, “I think it’s never a good practice for us to ask a foreign country to investigate an American. It’s just not a good practice. Having said that, there’s no insistence on that call. There are no demands on that call. It is a conversation between two presidents that’s casual in nature, and you know, it’s just hard to find anywhere that the president of Ukraine would have thought funds were being held and that he had to do this.”

In every instance that I dealt with him, he was truthful, he listened and he was great to work with.

— Haley

THE BIG PICTURE

In essence, Haley is saying,

  • On impeachment: “I have made up my mind. Impeachment is literally the worst punishment you can do to a public official. … Impeachment is serious. It’s the most serious thing you can do to a president. The other side of this is we are less than a year away from the election. Instead, let the people decide. Let them hear the testimony, that’s fine, but let them decide.”

  • On the Ukraine investigation: “I think it’s never a good practice for us to ask a foreign country to investigate an American. It’s just not a good practice. Having said that, there’s no insistence on that call. There are no demands on that call. It is a conversation between two presidents that’s casual in nature.”

  • On Kelly and Tillerson: “I was a governor and if people in my Cabinet tried to undermine me, it’s very dangerous. … I didn’t call them dangerous people. What I said is what they were trying to do is dangerous. I have always referred to John Kelly as a patriot … but to undermine a president because you think you know better than him is wrong. It’s wrong whether it’s a Republican president or a Democrat president.”

Haley in promoting her new book “With All Due Respect,” which recounts her time serving in the Trump administration and her work with other former Trump officials like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and chief of staff John Kelly. In her promotion of such, she speaks to the current impeachment inquiry and the Ukraine controversy. As well, she mentions her belief of and notice of the undermining of the president by Tillerson. This public commentary serves as further evidence of what many have deemed a “witch hunt”.