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Amid the flurry of meetings Donald Trump has scheduled this week as his administration scrambles to bolster his presidential report card and control the narrative ahead of his 100th day in office, the president took a peculiar swipe at Nikki Haley, his ambassador to the United Nations. During a lunch with the Security Council ambassadors on Monday, Trump extolled Haley’s performance while simultaneously disparaging the U.N.—and threatening the former South Carolina governor’s job.
“I want to thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for her outstanding leadership and for acting as my personal envoy on the Security Council. She is doing a good job. Now, does everybody like Nikki?” Trump said, according to reporters present at the White House event. “Otherwise she could be easily replaced, right? No, we won’t do that. I promise you we won’t do that. She’s doing a fantastic job.”
It was the sort of undercutting remark that suggests Trumpian wheels turning beneath the surface. Haley, a foreign-policy neophyte, has emerged as the unlikely face of United States foreign policy as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has shied away from the spotlight as the country’s top diplomat. Haley was out in front of the Trump administration after the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, vehemently condemning the Bashar al-Assad regime and Russia, and, after the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase days later, suggested that regime change was inevitable.
Though Tillerson and the rest of the Trump administration have largely caught up with Haley on her Syria rhetoric, her initial…
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