Patterico's Pontifications


U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Resigns

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:05 am

[guest post by Dana]

It was announced this morning that President Trump has accepted the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley. While this comes as a surprise to the public, Haley apparently discussed her departure with the president last week during a visit to the White House. She will leave the Trump administration at the end of the year.

Haley has obviously been a tremendous asset to this administration. And clearly, she has a bright future in the GOP.

As a reminder, back in September, Haley responded to an incendiary op-ed published in the New York Times. While the anonymous writer claimed to be a senior official in the administration, they chose not to go directly to the president with their concerns about any number of matters pertaining to this administration. Haley instructed that taking advantage of the direct access that senior officials have with the president was the proper way to proceed when disagreement arose, letting the chips fall as they might:

I, too, am a senior Trump administration official. I proudly serve in this administration, and I enthusiastically support most of its decisions and the direction it is taking the country. But I don’t agree with the president on everything. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.

Like my colleagues in the Cabinet and on the National Security Council, I have very open access to the president. He does not shut out his advisers, and he does not demand that everyone agree with him. I can talk to him most any time, and I frequently do. If I disagree with something and believe it is important enough to raise with the president, I do it. And he listens. Sometimes he changes course, sometimes he doesn’t. That’s the way the system should work. And the American people should be comfortable knowing that’s the way the system does work in this administration.If the author truly is a senior administration official, then he or she has the kind of access to the president I described. If that is the case, this official has ample opportunity to try to persuade the president to change course. If the author is frustrated by an inability to persuade the president, then he or she is free to resign.


Radical Left: Trust Us, We Are the Most Insane!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:55 am

Any time I say that the right has its crazies too, unhinged leftists crawl out of the woodwork acting like mobs — on the streets and on Twitter — as if to say: “No, we’re worse. Don’t try to take our title away!” Here’s Antifa protestors in Portland harassing an elderly white man trying to drive on the street:

More here. That’s your street mob. Now for the Twitter mob. Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted this:

Uh-oh, Scott. That’s very problematic. What, you didn’t know Churchill was an awful racist?

The BBC intones, regarding the guy who rallied their country to a seemingly improbable victory:

But Churchill is also known for quotes like “I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place”, in reference to indigenous populations of North America and Australia.

Kelly’s Twitter followers also linked Churchill to a famine in Bengal, India, that killed at least three million people in 1943.

Kelly has apologized for calling the great leader a great leader.

Whew. Thank goodness. That was close.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

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