Trump declined to name Nikki Haley over her skin, book claims


Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was rejected for the role of US Secretary of State during the Trump administration because of a ‘skin problem’, a new book claims.

In the book of The New Yorker‘s Susan Glasser and The New York Times’ Peter Baker, the dividing linethe pair reported that those close to the ex-president described Donald Trump discussing the possibility of selecting Ms. Haley for several key roles in his administration, possibly including his vice president.

But in a conversation about the possibility of nominating her as secretary of state, Mr. Trump reportedly made negative comments about Ms. Haley’s physical appearance, apparently referring to the former governor and ambassador’s face who appeared rosy in a handful of her many media appearances.

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According to the book, Mr. Trump told then Chief of Staff John Kelly that “the real reason” [she was not selected] was the stain on her cheeks.”

‘She’s not good for me. She has that skin color problem,” Trump reportedly said, adding, “It doesn’t look good.”

The comments are just one of many instances where the former president was accused or outright heard of making derogatory comments about women based on their appearance. Trump’s history with such comments goes back long before he was elected president in 2016, when the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape was released.

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Ms. Haley would serve as Mr. Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations from January 2017 to December 2018. She has broken up with her former boss on a number of points, most notably on Jan. 6, although she has not gone as far as some conservatives in her wing of the party, such as former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and supported Republicans. who supported the impeachment of the president. However, she has supported those who criticized Mr Trump after the attack on Congress.

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For the past few weeks, the former governor and ambassador has been to Georgia, following the campaign trail for Senate candidate Herschel Walker, ensuring her own national profile remains relevant. The 50-year-old conservative is considered a likely contender for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination, especially if Donald Trump chooses not to make a third bid for the presidency.


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