Did President Trump’s former Chief of Staff and Secretary of State work together to resist his agenda?
According to former United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley, it appears so.
In her new book titled, “With All Due Respect,” Haley claims former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly worked not only to undermine Trump, they were also resisting the president’s plans and asked her to help in their effort to “save the country.”
According to Haley, “It was their decisions, not the president’s, that were in the best interests of America, they said. The president didn’t know what he was doing.”
Haley’s assessment in the book is that those who work for the president have an obligation to carry out the president’s wishes as he was the one elected by the voters. Clearly, she understood her role as US Ambassador to the United Nations in the US Constitution — she worked for the president, not the other way around.
What Is the Resistance Movement?
The election of Donald Trump united people from a wide swath of the political spectrum against him and his agenda. The resistance is made up of mostly partisan Democrats but also independent Liberals, environmentalists, LGBTQ activists, a few long-time Republicans (called Never Trumpers) and members of the federal bureaucracy — especially in the FBI and intelligence community.
The intention of the movement was to organize a vigorous opposition to Trump, his administration, supporters and against Republicans and their policies.
The ultimate goal of the resistance movement has been to impeach and remove Trump.
Did the Former Chief of Staff and Secretary of State Participate in the Resistance Movement?
While Haley did not believe everything Trump was doing was right, she always spoke directly with the president and never spoke publically about their differences — demonstrating a diplomacy and work ethic we should all put into practice.
She insinuated that it was arrogant and unprofessional of Kelly and Tillerson to resist the president and if they felt that strongly they should have resigned and then spoken publicly about their concerns.
Haley had this to say on a televised interview over the weekend:
“It was their decisions, not the president’s, that were in the best interests of America, they said. The president didn’t know what he was doing. Instead of saying that to me, they should’ve been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan. It should’ve been, ‘Go tell the president what your differences are, and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing.’ But to undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want. And it was offensive.”
Rather intentional or not, Kelly and Tillerson participated in the resistance movement.
In years past, this behavior, while serving in the government, would have been considered treasonous. It’s one thing to question authority, it’s another to defy it while you’re obligated to carry out the legal orders of the President of the United States.
Tillerson had no response. However, Kelly responded saying, “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.” Doesn’t sound like the same thing as working behind his back to us.
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