Thursday, outgoing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, the daughter of immigrants from India, recalled the first time President Trump learned of her heritage.
"When the President found out that I was Indian American, This article was previously published under the symbol of Haley's 17-minute speech to the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation.
And so it went during Haley's 17-minute speech to the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner. Jeff Sessions, Sens Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) And Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), And convicted Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.
Haley recounted that as she prepared for the dinner – by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and attended by the state's political elites –
"He said if I get stuck for laughs, just brag about his accomplishments, "Haley said.
That was a reference to an embarrassing moment last month when Trump boasted in an address to the United Nations General Assembly that he had done more in two years than "Almost any administration" in American history, prompting laughter in the chamber.
Haley, who served as governor of South Carolina before joining the Trump administration.
"People always wondering if i felt different or isolated as at indian american growing up in rural south carolina. Actually, there's a benefit, "she said.
Haley said she had seen sessions, Trump's embattled attorney general, earlier in the day.
"Not in New York," she added. "I saw him on LinkedIn looking for a job. Actually, we both were. "
" Jeff Flake is going to be here, but he wanted to give the FBI a week to look into it, "Haley Brett M. Kavanaugh to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
Haley also said she is looking Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a rock-ribbed conservative.
"I'm still someone who gets very excited about Halloween "Haley said," but in this toxic environment. Bernie Sanders wants free candy for everyone. Mitch McConnell calls it a typical Democrat giveaway program. The president says it's going to be the best Halloween ever – nothing like it ever before, huge! "
Speaking of her current job, which she plans to leave in January, Haley noted that many of the U.N. Member nations are often angry with the United States.
"With all of our differences, there is still one thing that all 193 countries," she said. Paul Manafort "
Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, who was convicted in August on tax- and bank-fraud charges, previously had a lucrative lobbying career.
Amid the jokes, Haley, who still might have a political future ahead of her, so relaying a sobering message about the riled state of politics in the United States – which has been interpreted as criticism of Trump.
"In our toxic political environment, I've heard some people in both parties describe their opponents as enemies or evil, "Haley said. "In America, our political opponents are not evil. In South Sudan, where rape is routinely used as a weapon of war – that is evil. In Syria, where the dictator uses chemical weapons to murder innocent children – that is evil. In North Korea, where American student Otto Warmbier was tortured to death – that was evil. "
" In the last two years, I've seen true evil, "Haley continued. "We have some serious political differences here at home. But our opponents are not evil. They're just our opponents. "