Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Larry Kudlow Throws Nikki Haley Under the Bus, Haley Throws the Bus Back at Kudlow

On Sunday,  U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said during an appearance on “Face the Nation” that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be announcing new sanctions on Monday directed at companies associated with Syria’s chemical weapons program, “if he hasn’t already.”

But Monday came and went without an announcement.

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, on Monday told reporters during a briefing in Florida that Haley “got ahead of the curve” when she said the U.S. would be slapping new sanctions on Russia on Monday.

Throwing Haley under the bus, he added, “There might have been some momentary confusion about that.”

Upon learning of Kudlow's comments, Haley threw the bus back at Kudlow.

She said in a statement to Fox News: “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”

Kudlow called Haley to apologize Tuesday afternoon.

The back story, according to AP, is that a dispute between Haley’s team and the White House had been playing out largely behind the scenes since Haley’s initial comments. The White House had been struggling to explain Haley’s remarks amid reports that President Donald Trump put the brakes on the new sanctions.

Three senior administration officials said there were several attempts to get Haley to back off or clarify her comments, but she refused. That's when Kudlow made the comment that there was some momentary confusion on Haley's part.

-Robert Wenzel  

1 comment:

  1. Who’s running the show here...Haley or Trump? How hard is for THE senior administration official - THE president - to tell Haley to back down? Unless the president - or the last person he talked to on this issue - intends to put more sanctions in place once or if they can navigate past the tinsy winsy issue of the growing roar around a lack of evidence that Syria gassed its people.

    Krusty the Clown on the “Itchy & Scratchy Show” has more foreign policy sense than these guys.