U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has no sympathy for the senior official in the White House who penned an anonymous op-ed earlier this week in The New York Times.
In her own op-ed for The Washington Post, titled, “When I challenge the president, I do it directly. My anonymous colleague should have, too,” she criticizes the official for attempting to undermine President Donald Trump.
“The author might think he or she is doing a service to the country,” Haley writes. “I strongly disagree. What this ‘senior official in the Trump administration’ has done, and is apparently intent on continuing to do, is a serious disservice — not just to the president but to the country.”
Haley goes on to point out that she tells the president when she disagrees with him. “He does not shut out his advisers, and he does not demand that everyone agree with him," she writes. “Sometimes he changes course, sometimes he doesn’t. That’s the way the system should work. And the American people should be comfortable knowing that’s the way the system does work in the administration.”
Haley labels the actions of the author “dangerous” and says the author “unfairly casts doubt on the president in a way that cannot be directly refuted because the anonymous accuser’s credibility and knowledge cannot be judged. It encourages U.S. adversaries to promote their hostile claims about the stability of our government.”
“Dissent is as American as apple pie,” she writes. “ If you don’t like this president, you are free to say so, and people do that quite frequently and loudly. But in the spirit of civility that the anonymous author claims to support, every American should want to see this administration succeed. If it does, it’s a win for the American people.”
Haley concludes her op-ed by encouraging the anonymous writer to “[s]tep up and help the administration do great things for the country” and to “make your case directly to the president” when in disagreement. “If that doesn’t work and you are truly bothered by the direction of the administration, then resign on principle,” she says. “But do not stay in your position and secretly undermine the president and the rest of our team. It is cowardly, it is anti-democratic, and it is a disservice to our country.”