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Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, doesn’t seem to mind being away from the action in Washington, DC.
Over the weekend, she told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that she was glad to be living in New York, where the UN is based.
“I am glad to be living in New York just for that reason, is that I don’t want to be near the drama and I don’t want to be near the gossip,” she told Todd after he asked about reports of clashes between Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Haley brushed off the reports, calling them “palace intrigue” and “drama.”
Politico on Friday cited a White House official as saying that tension between her and Tillerson over their differing opinions of the Iran nuclear agreement were reaching “World War III” proportions.
A source told The New Yorker that Tillerson “hates” Haley for eclipsing his position on the world stage.
“That is just so much drama,” Haley told Chuck Todd. “I mean, it’s really, it’s all this palace intrigue.”
But Haley didn’t deny that tensions existed, telling the ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos that while she and Tillerson didn’t agree on everything, they united behind the president’s foreign-policy decisions.
“At the end of the day, we present the president with all of the facts, we let him make decisions, and we all as a team go out and support that decision,” she said. “My relationship with Secretary Tillerson or Mattis or anyone else, it’s all a great relationship because we are all looking out for the best interests of America.”
While Tillerson and James Mattis, the secretary of defense, reportedly tried to pressure the president to recertify the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Haley reportedly supported the president’s hostility to the agreement.