Haley says relationship with Trump is 'perfect'

Haley says relationship with Trump is 'perfect'
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Former Ukraine envoy offers dramatic testimony Nikki Haley: 'We should always protect whistleblowers' Haley: Giuliani should've been named 'special envoy' to Ukraine MORE insisted on Wednesday that her relationship with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE is "perfect," despite a spat between Haley and the White House.

Asked on Wednesday about her relationship with the president, Haley told reporters it's "perfect," Reuters reported. A Politico report also indicated that the U.N. ambassador flashed a thumbs-up as she made the remark.

Reuters's New York bureau chief said Haley was also asked if Trump should be worried about a potential Vice President Pence and Haley presidential ticket in 2020. Haley reportedly "smiled, shook her head and said 'no' " in response. 

The comment came days after Haley said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that the Trump administration was preparing new sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow's support for the Syrian government after a suspected chemical attack on civilians in a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus.

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That claim reportedly angered President Trump, who had no such plans to slap new sanctions on Moscow, according to the Times. The White House later pushed back on Haley's claim.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday that Haley must have had some "momentary confusion" when she discussed the purported sanctions.

Haley rebuked Kudlow's claim, saying that she doesn't "get confused."

The back-and-forth between Haley and the White House led to speculation that Haley had been kept out of Trump's foreign policy decision-making.