In her interview with Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show, the former UN ambassador answered questions about President Trump’s Ukraine call, the impeachment proceedings and her time as the UN ambassador.
Former U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke out Tuesday against the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, saying the voters should decide his future in the White House as there was no Ukraine investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden or any military aid withheld.
During the inteview on NBC’s “Today,” in which she promoted her new book, “With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace,” she noted that it’s not ever a smart idea to ask another country to investigate an American.
“I have made up my mind,” Haley said. “Impeachment is literally the worst punishment you can do to a public official and here you’ve got a situation where there was no investigation, and the aid flowed as it was supposed to. When you look at that situation, it’s hard to see where impeachment would qualify for that.”
“That doesn’t seem like much of a defense that he might have tried to do those things but it didn’t work out, so it’s all OK,” show co-host Savannah Guthrie replied.
“Impeachment is serious,” Haley said. “It’s the most serious thing you can do to a president. The other side of this is we are less than a year away from the election. Instead, let the people decide. Let them hear the testimony, that’s fine. But let them decide.”
But when asked if, like Trump, she considers his July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, “perfect,” Haley replied that Trump thinks “in his mind” the call was perfect, but she does not believe it is ever a “good practice” to ask a foreign country to investigate an American.
“Having said that, there’s no insistence on that call,” said Haley. “There are no demands on that call. It is a conversation between two presidents that’s casual in nature, and you know, it’s just hard to find anywhere that the president of Ukraine would have thought funds were being held and that he had to do this.”
The aid went on hold until September, noted Guthrie, but Haley responded that “you can have those hypotheticals. It was released. That’s a fact … was the aid released? It was.”
She added that questions should also be asked if Biden pushed Ukraine’s government on behalf of his son.
Haley also said Tuesday she never had any doubts about Trump, his mental acuity, or his truthfulness.
“I talked to him multiple times and when I had issues he always heard me out,” said Haley. “I never had any concerns on whether he could handle the job, ever. In every instance that I dealt with him, he was truthful, he listened, and he was great to work with.”