United Ambassador Nikki Haley, who recently suggested that President Donald Trump tweeted about classified information, is facing a disaster of epic proportions. Key members of her staff are resigning, including her top spokesperson Jonathan Wachtel, and her deputy chief of staff.
Wachtel reportedly said he couldn’t work for a “fruitloop,” an attack made against both President Trump and Ambassador Haley.
Just a few weeks ago, Haley’s previous spokesperson quit. What is going on?
This is just the latest series of resignations coming out of the Trump administration, all in key positions.
Here’s the running list so far:
-Acting attorney general Sally Yates
-U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara
-FBI Director James B. Come
-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
-White House communications director Mike Dubke
-Mark Corallo, spokesman for the legal team defending Trump on the Russia investigation
-Press Secretary Sean Spicer
-Assistant press secretary Michael Short
-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus
– Communications director Anthony Scaramucci
Currently, Wachtel is not responding to inquiries, but here’s what we know:
This is yet another indication that officials in the administration are not confident in the Trump administration’s approach to North Korea or Iran. Trump has drawn a scorn of fiery both domestically and abroad for his war inducing comments, saying he would unleash “fire and power the world has never seen before.”
Lawmakers and foreign governments unanimously disapproved of the rhetoric, and it’s said that Trump didn’t even run the comments by his senior foreign policy officials, before making them.
According to the Times, it took his advisers completely off guard, too. Secretary of State Tillerson tried to play damage control within an hour of Trump’s statements while Trump finished his opioid crisis meeting. It was a clear public rebuttal of Trump’s attempt to look tough on North Korea.
“I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days,” Mr. Tillerson told reporters. He added: “Nothing I have seen and nothing I know of would indicate that situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours.”
But, by then, the damage was already done. North Korea soon announced its plan to fire missiles at Guam – a decision that will ultimately have to be approved by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, further provoking the United States into a lengthy and potentially devastating conflict, which could still happen.
Haley’s staff just didn’t want to work under these conditions anymore. Can you blame them?