Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denies claims issued by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, suggesting he tried to undermine President Trump’s agenda.
Tillerson released a statement to The Washington Post on Monday saying, “During my service to our country as the Secretary of State, at no time did I, nor to my direct knowledge did anyone else serving along with me, take any actions to undermine the President.”
The former chief diplomat continued by saying, “My conversations with the President in the privacy of the Oval Office were always candid, frank, and my recommendations straightforward. Once the President made a decision, we at the State Department undertook our best efforts to implement that decision.”
During an interview with CBS which aired over the weekend, Haley suggested both Tillerson and former Chief of Staff John Kelly attempted to recruit her to take sides against the president.
Haley recounted the conversations which will be illustrated in her new book With All Due Respect saying, “Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president’s decisions was because, if he didn’t, people would die. This was how high the stakes were, he and Kelly told me. We are doing the best we can do to save the country.”
Despite Tillerson and Kelly attempting to recruit her to help with their “sidebar plan,” Haley clarified their actions in doing so were very dangerous because it undermined the American people and what they wanted.
Haley also reportedly writes in her memoir, released Tuesday, that she had her “differences” with Tillerson, and suggested he would act as though he knew more than anyone else, including President Trump.
Tillerson also dismissed these allegations in his statement on Monday saying Haley was very rarely in attendance to the meetings he had with President Trump during his tenure.
President Trump announced in March of 2018 he was replacing Tillerson with current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Gina Haspel would be the next in line to lead the CIA.
Tillerson and President Trump reportedly disagreed on various foreign policy fronts, including the approach in dealing with the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
Haley left her position as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations last year, and despite rumors, says she has no plans to run for office in the immediate future.