Nikki Haley says she won’t defend Trump’s ‘communication style’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleySanford: 'It carries real weight' to speak against Trump 'while in office' Haley seeks to quell talk she could replace Pence Steve Schmidt: 'Overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence' for Haley MORE said on Sunday that she won’t defend President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE’s “communication style.”

"First of all, he has his communication style," Haley told CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” "But you're not hearing me defend that."

"What I will tell you is if there is anything that he communicates in a way that I'm uncomfortable with, I pick up the phone and call him, and I tell him that. And I think that's something that he deserves from me,” the former South Carolina governor said.

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Haley said that she doesn’t believe she needs to publicly detail the private conversations she has with the president but noted that she thinks Trump is receptive to them.

Haley hit back at the White House last month after a top adviser claimed that she was confused when she said the administration would impose new sanctions on Russia.

“With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley said in a statement that was read on Fox News.

Her statement came hours after top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that Haley “got ahead of the curve” when she announced during a Sunday show interview that the administration would roll out the sanctions the next day.

Kudlow later told The New York Times that he told Haley he had misspoken due to incomplete information.

On Sunday, Haley also said that the president should not shut down special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election but added that the investigation needs to wrap up quickly “for the good of the country.”