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Wolff’s book: Nikki Haley, who’s ‘ambitious as Lucifer,’ is positioning to be Trump’s heir apparent

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley; Credit:

Michael Wolff’s tell-all tome “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which chronicles the first year of the Donald Trump presidency, portrays US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as an opportunistic political figure, who is positioning herself to succeed Trump as the President of the United States.

“Haley—‘as ambitious as Lucifer,’ in the characterization of one member of the senior staff—had concluded that Trump’s tenure would last, at best, a single term, and that she, with requisite submission, could be his heir apparent,” Wolff, a journalist and author, writes in the bestseller.

The bombshell book was released Friday ahead of schedule after Trump’s lawyers sent cease and desist letters to the author and publisher Henry Holt and Co.

Wolff writes that the Indian American “had courted and befriended” the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who “had brought her into the family circle, where she had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers.”

He writes that it “had become increasingly evident to the wider foreign policy and national security team” that the former South Carolina governor “was the family’s pick for secretary of state after Rex Tillerson’s inevitable resignation.”

Wolff reveals that Trump “had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a national political future.”

Describing Haley as a “traditional Republican,” with a “moderate streak—a type increasingly known as a Jarvanka Republican” the author writes the US diploma is “being mentored in Trumpian ways.” Quoting a senior official, he writes: “The danger here… ‘is that she is so much smarter than him.”’

In the past year, Haley has been more hawkish than Tillerson on many foreign policy issues, including on North Korea and Iran. Last month, after the UN General Assembly strongly denounced Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, the US envoy warned many countries that voted against the United States at the world body. The United States “will be taking names,” Haley warned those countries.

In fact, Haley’s hawkish positions on many global issues prompted Slate’s Joshua Keating to call her “Trump’s Mini-Me.”

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon fears Haley’s “hold on the president,” Wolff writes in the book.  The flame-throwing Breitbart News chief is apprehensive that“Haley, quite an un-Trumpian figure, but by far the closest of any of his cabinet members to him, might, with clever political wiles, entice Trump to hand her the Trumpian revolution.”

According to Wolff, that was why, back in October, Bannon pushed CIA chief Mike Pompeo as the secretary of state after Tillerson’s rumored departure.


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Mr. BillyHounddog

Sounds interesting, southern girl here, born and stayed all my life. I cannot do cold at all!


By paying less taxes we are not taking out a loan, we are keeping what’s ours. The Government doesn’t own Americans, we own the government! It’s about time they figured that out.
This is exactly why we need to cut spending.
Obama added 10 trillion dollars to our debt and we got nothing out of it, but the left doesn’t want to admit that.


So far Trump’s doing a great job. You’d have to be Nancy Pelosi not to admit that!


I am not fighting a war in Afghanistan, I am fighting this war from inside the United States. I’m not presently winning.


It was the corporate tax breaks that were made permanent. This had to be done to encourage companies to return to America, thus creating jobs.


The Democrats had a chance to imput, but they failed to do so. They have nobody to blame bur themselves..

Mr. BillyHounddog

A couple of years from now, when the entire Nation’s economy is looking like Kansas’ instead of Minnesota, they will have to completely rework the tax bill. When someone gets it through to Trump, the genius, that he blew all the country’s money in one toss and now won’t get the big wall he wants they will have to rework this plan. As health insurance continues to disintegrate, they will have to rework this tax scheme, as more children die if they don’t get lynched first. When the country has to quit providing help after the increasing flooding, fires and… Read more »


Like her boss the dumb one she has never served and never step forward just a whole lot of mouth, very brave like a lot of cowards. She signed the deal that she was unqualified when she threatened a lot of country’s simply because they did not go the way we did, so in her mind when we give you things you owe us? Oh and then she had a party for the very select few who kissed our you know what.


From what I have seen and heard from Haley is that she has loose lips and those are to be known in sinking
ships. The recent rebuttal at the UN vote on the Israeli capitol issue sets the tone. Basically, her past experience lends no credibility to her qualifications and no I don’t see her as Trumps heir apparent.


Haley would make a great president. This would make her the first minority president as a woman and as the daughter of immigrants from India. Anyone who disagrees is by the liberal definition a racist.
go Nikki you have my vote already.


“Ambitious as Lucifer”


Lucifer should sue for character assassination – he at least was somewhat competent at his job before his fall.




Crazy is a relative term. Tax breaks is a term used by people as if they are something special … its our money, not the governments. If you or anyone is not happy with your “tax break”, then feel free to write a check to the IRS. The rich pay the VAST MAJORITY OF TAX so one could expect to see what you call favor.


what would you got from Hillary? raised taxes! hummn!


What a crock but what is really bad is some people will believe these made up stories!


Of course they will. Why do you think the left keeps churning out the fodder ?


Basically you said that American’s are crazy, the facts that you specify are completely inaccurate and who knows where you got that information from. But if you don’t want a tax break, you can certainly pay extra, no one will object!


Most people got a tax increase they haven’t seen yet. Billionaire crooks got served bigly.


Of course, we could look at this a slightly different way. Beat 16 other Republican challengers, destroyed your best, Hillbilly in the general and now has set out to change the country back from the apocalypse that Barak and tried to bring upon us. I think the changes that have been made thus far are both wonderfully appropriate and clearly sane. It’s been awesome to watch the dems scamble from one nonsensical point to another (Collusion. etc.. Now Wolf tries the character point yet again). Trump was elected with everyone knowing full well he wasn’t the classiest person out there.… Read more »


Wow, Wolf, just a bit of a completely sexist remark, it’s Ok for men and of course HIllbilly (Clintons) to be ambitious but if a republican woman stands up and takes a job in the administration, they are Lucifer? Come man that’s not reporting or even a reasonable opinion. Just makes you look like the dope which obviously you are.


Dude, you can give back your tax break if you don’t want it.


yes give it back the Democrats don’t want you to have it!


I think the Michael Wolff book is wonderful because if Trump hadn’t won there wouldn’t be a Michael Wolff book.


Ya and all those prior Michael Wolf books have been so wonderful…not. Did anyone get a look at this guy, come on who goes out of the house looking like that. Did you listen to him, sounds like a fool. He starts the book with saying not sure which portions might be inaccurate “The author of the explosive new Trump book says he can’t be sure if parts of it are true”. So effectively this could be a fiction novel and the dems just eat it up. To be sure, Trump isn’t the classiest guy we have ever had in… Read more »