It’s fitting that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation Tuesday came on the heels of the president’s insistence at Brett Kavanaugh’s swearing-in that men are always to be trusted over women. He could have slapped an #IBelieveMen sticker on the podium. Trump doesn’t just believe them, he likes them more than women, at least in positions of power. Since the foreign policy shake up this spring, Haley has been competing for influence with beefy, rumpled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom Trump likes so much better than the wimpy Rex Tillerson, who didn’t like the spotlight or his boss’s IQ. Pompeo is so much more fun at their frequent lunches than the super competent, non-obsequious Haley, who smiles but doesn’t chuckle at his jokes. The super-hawk John Bolton, who replaced the intellectual general H.R. McMaster, shares Trump’s instinct to rip up treaties and ask questions later. He welcomed the laughter of the U.N. during the president’s speech to the body last week. It means they’re doing everything right. She exuded the message “don’t mess with Haley.” When a Trump adviser chided her for message “confusion” when she announced sanctions on Russia before the president made his final decision, Haley shot back:… Read full this story
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