Nikki Haley acknowledges sometimes she has to ‘clarify’ Trump tweets

Nikki Haley acknowledges sometimes she has to ‘clarify’ Trump tweets
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United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyBiden funding decision inflames debate over textbooks for Palestinian refugees The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes Pence launches conservative political group MORE says that some foreign officials have referenced President Trump's tweets in conversation with her and that she's had to "clarify" what the president is trying to say.

In an interview with Glamour published Wednesday, Haley said that the president's social media habits don't weigh on her job. But she also acknowledged that Trump's use of Twitter, which limits posts to 140 characters, doesn't always accurately capture the president's intentions.

"I think that obviously countries go to his tweets to see what the U.S. is thinking and what the President is thinking in real time. And so they pay a lot of attention to that," she said. "[But] it doesn’t impact my job [because] I know where this administration is going on policy. So I haven’t felt any pressure [although] now countries will refer to his tweets when they ask me a question."

"Sometimes we do have to clarify," Haley continued. "So I do think that on occasions we’ve had to clarify things—or show what our intent is. Because in a certain number of characters, it leads to other questions."


Since becoming the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in January, Haley has emerged as a leading voice on foreign policy in Trump's administration. 

But she has, at times, appeared to contradict Trump on a number of foreign policy issues. In April, for example, Haley called government change in Syria "inevitable" — a sharp break from Trump, who has largely rejected the notion of ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

Haley has also emerged as a forceful advocate for human rights, while other Trump administration officials — and the president himself — have argued that it is not the responsibility of the U.S. to impose its values on other countries.

"We knew each other before the presidential election. And so, naturally, when he offered me the position, he knew that I was someone that spoke my mind," Haley told Glamour. 

"He knew that I was someone that had strong beliefs and opinions and voiced them. And he said that that was one of the reasons he wanted me to do this job. So I don’t have to get permission to say any of those things."

The president, Haley said, has never discouraged her from speaking out on matters, such as Russia, and has allowed her to express her views freely without criticism. 

"If he had a problem with what I’m saying, he would say something," she said. "And he hasn’t."

Haley is among just 39 female U.N. ambassadors — a group that makes up just over one-fifth of the 193 representatives. She told Glamour that she's planning to host a "girl-power group" in her official residence, where the ambassadors can discuss their experiences at the U.N. 

"While it’s a small group, it’s a powerful group," she said. I’m going to be hosting an event in the residence: We’re going to have a girl-power group. When we talk about our own experiences or challenges at the United Nations, we can really work well together. You see men do that all the time."