Haley says Trump focused on Syria in response to questions about Cohen, Comey

Haley says Trump focused on Syria in response to questions about Cohen, Comey
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Pressed about President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE's state of mind on Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump mulling State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert for UN envoy: report Iran says it killed 'mastermind' behind military parade attack Haley slams China over 'internment of civilians' in first public remarks since announcing resignation MORE said her boss has been focused on Syria in her own interactions with the commander in chief.

"I have spent multiple times with the president at the White House and on the phone this past week, and his state of mind was very much focused on Syria, chemical weapons, getting the options that were there, making sure we were not doing anything to cause casualties of human life whether it was our allies or of the Syrian people," Haley told CBS News's Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation."


"His focus was very much on making sure we knew all of the information so that we didn't make a misstep, and waiting it out to make sure if we were going to do this, we were going to do it right," she added.

Haley was asked during the appearance about Trump's state of mind. On Sunday morning, Trump unleashed a series of tweets aimed at former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcGahn departs as White House counsel Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race FBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump MORE, who has a new book coming out that makes a number of criticisms and personal attacks on the president.



Trump has also tweeted in response to Monday's raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen, which reports say has unnerved presidential advisers who see it as more worrisome than special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe. Cohen is Trump's longtime lawyer and fixer, and the president on Monday called the raid a "disgrace" and an "attack on our country."

“It’s a real disgrace,” the president said. “It’s an attack on our country in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”

Haley avoided addressing the president's claim when asked by Brennan whether it was right to call the raid an attack on the country. 

"First of all, I have been drowning in all things Syria, North Korea, and Iran, so I can't— I'm sorry, I don't have enough information on anything related to Comey or all of those things. I haven't watched TV to watch that. I have been very focused on foreign policy. I think the president's been focused on foreign policy in the meetings I have been in, so I can only talk about those issues," she said.