Nikki Haley didn’t give the White House a head’s up that she was leaving. Instead, the administration found out from reporters that their UN Ambassador was resigning.
NBC News reported:
Inside the White House, officials say many were caught off guard by Amb. Haley’s announcement today, learning from reporters who started inquiring, and there is disappointment in the West Wing that Haley chose to step down before the upcoming midterm elections.
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 9, 2018
This is not what a well-oiled machine looks like
Trump is fond of calling his administration a well-oiled machine, but a functional administration doesn’t get blindsided by their own UN Ambassador. Beneath the nicey-nice between Trump and Haley at the White House, which was real because they both like each other is the fact that Haley bailed on the administration at a time when it is possible that Republicans could lose control of Congress. The last thing that Republicans want with a month to go before the election is public signs that they are bracing for a Democratic takeover of Congress.
The White House is trying to spin Haley’s departure, but there are going to be more stories about people leaving the administration and the White House caught off guard in the weeks to come. Haley is a political pro. She knows which way the winds are blowing, and she got out before Democrats took back Congress.
Trump had no idea Haley was leaving, and the fact that the White House has to get information about their officials from reporters is a troubling reminder of the extreme dysfunction and incompetence of this administration.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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