CNN: “Nikki Haley’s political chess move on Trump”
According to CNN, considering Haley’s clashes with the Trump White House, it is surprising that she is now defending him and claiming that there is no basis for impeachment, because Ukraine never initiated the investigation and Trump never withheld money. However, they also point out that she remained on good terms with the president, and that she might have a hidden political agenda here and that she is “auditioning for the role of Trump’s vice president”, especially considering that he might use Pence as his scapegoat.
Fox News: White House responds to Nikki Haley’s claim about aides undermining Trump
Fox News interviewed Stephanie Grisham and asked her about Haley’s claims that Tillerson and Kelly tried to recruit her against Trump. Surprisingly, Grisham neither disapproved nor confirmed Haley’s statements and ended the story there.
We all know that both Kelly and Tillerson have fallen out with Trump and the White House. On the other hand, Haley has only fallen out with the White House. The fact that Grisham refused to corroborate her statements about Kelly and Tillerson, may indicate that she is afraid of her possible influence on Trump. It could also mean that the WH is afraid of antagonizing Tillerson and Kelly, because they might testify against Trump.
All in all, it will be interesting to see whether Haley will take up a position in Trump’s administration. My bet is that she will.