Nikki Haley: Trump 'truthful' in 'every instance that I dealt with him'

Nikki Haley: Trump 'truthful' in 'every instance that I dealt with him'
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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyCoronavirus sets off industry scramble for aid from Washington Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick Overnight Defense: 'Tens of thousands' of National Guard troops could be activated for coronavirus response | Hospital ships could take week to deploy | Trump says military to help Americans stuck in Peru MORE defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE on Tuesday, saying that she believed the president was "truthful" in all of his dealings with her.

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC's "TODAY" show, Haley defended Trump as "great to work with" and reiterated that she did not share the concerns of other former officials, such as John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, regarding Trump's aptitude for the job.

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"In every instance that I dealt with him, he was truthful, he listened and he was great to work with," Haley said, adding: "Savannah, I talked to him multiple times and when I had issues, he always heard me out. I never had any concerns on whether he could handle the job, ever.”

Haley's comments come as she has defended the president in recent days over a claim made in her upcoming memoir, "With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace," that Kelly and former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' Timeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship Top Democrat demands Barr recuse himself from case against Turkish bank MORE approached her to assist them in undermining the president.

The former ambassador said she refused the offer and alerted Trump to the conversation, though the White House has remained silent on the claim that the president's former chief of staff and State Department chief were actively working to curb his impulses on some issues.

Tillerson for his part has denied Haley's claims in full, telling The Washington Post on Monday that he never sought to "undermine" Trump.

“During my service to our country as the Secretary of State, at no time did I, nor to my direct knowledge did anyone else serving along with me, take any actions to undermine the President,” he said.