Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to subvert President Trump's wishes and justified their actions as trying to "save the country", former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley says.
"Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren't being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country", she wrote.
According to Haley, the two senior officials argued their decisions "were in the best interests of America" because they believed Trump "didn't know what he was doing".
Former South Carolina governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump's attacks on progressive Democratic congresswomen earlier this year.
Kelly and Tillerson were opposed to the move, while Haley had the support of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Tillerson also told her that people would die if Trump was unchecked, Haley wrote.
Trump fired Tillerson in March 2018 after their relationship eroded over Trump's handling of Russian Federation and North Korea.
Later, Tillerson said the president was "undisciplined" and did not like to read briefing reports.
O'Donnell noted that Haley has said she doesn't plan to run for office in the immediate future but "there are still chapters to be written".
"I was so shocked I didn't say anything going home because I just couldn't get my arms around the fact that here you have two key people in an administration undermining the President", Haley said in an interview with the Post.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in Washington on October 19, 2017.
"But to undermine a president is really a very unsafe thing", she added. "And it was offensive". Kelly said that if providing the president "with the best and most open, legal and ethical staffing advice from across the (government) so he could make an informed decision is 'working against Trump, ' then guilty as charged".
Tillerson hasn't yet responded to Haley's claims.
Haley wrote about two disagreements she had with Trump while in his cabinet. She performed admirably as a Trump crony, telling Fox News that when the audience at the United Nations laughed when Trump claimed he accomplished more than any other USA president, they were actually laughing with him, and she tried to heap praise on Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushener, the president's nepotism hires.
Trump's reaction - that both sides had been to blame - was painful, Haley wrote.
"We've solved a lot of problems and we're in the process of solving a lot of problems", the president said, adding that if she chooses to return to his administration, Haley can have her "pick" of jobs. "Do I think the president did something that warrants impeachment? No".
The daughter of Indian immigrants also didn't agree with Trump's tweets against members of the liberal freshmen "squad" to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came".
Haley's book comes out Tuesday.