Haley: I used Trump’s ‘unpredictable’ behavior to my advantage at UN

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley trolled over complaints about The Popcorn Factory Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence MORE said she would leverage President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE’s “unpredictable” behavior to her advantage when dealing with foreign diplomats at the U.N.

In a wide-ranging interview with NBC that aired Wednesday morning on the “Today” show, Haley said her style was very different from Trump’s, but the two worked together well.

“I got the job done by being truthful, but also by letting him be unpredictable and not showing our cards,” she said.


Haley was tasked with being the face and voice of the United States at the U.N. and often dealing with countries that Trump had previously riled up, whether it be with tariffs or late night tweets.

"He would ratchet up the rhetoric, and then I'd go back to the ambassadors and say: 'You know, he's pretty upset. I can't promise you what he's going to do or not, but I can tell you if we do these sanctions, it will keep him from going too far,'" Haley said.

Haley said she was well aware of Trump’s at time erratic behavior and frequent Twitter rants, but that it did not change her working relationship with him.

“I’m disciplined enough to know not to get into the drama,” the former governor of South Carolina said.

Haley will leave her ambassador post at the end of the year and be replaced with State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News host Heather Nauert