UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Jokes About Getting 'Shiksa' Nickname From Jews

Nikki Haley the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations chairs a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sept. 17

"He said if I get stuck for laughs, just brag about his accomplishments", Ms Haley said.

Her comments appeared to be a response to Trump's recent comments that those who opposed his nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh were "evil" and "bad people". "I'm going to pick the best person", he said.

At a separate White House meeting on Wednesday, several members of the president's national security team mentioned Grenell's name when asked to recommend their favored candidates for the USA ambassador to the United Nations position, two other administration officials said.

On a serious note, Haley delivered a sharp rebuke of Trump's divisive politics, saying opponents are not evil. "So this year, you wanted to spice things up again", she quipped after being introduced as the "next president of the United States".

"Everyone in Washington called me with advice about this speech - they all said the same thing, 'do not under any circumstances make any jokes about the president, '" Haley said.

(Haley was outspoken in the wake of the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 - making much stronger statements of condemnation than Trump on the matter.) Haley knows that when Trump leaves, the obvious inheritor of his political operation - and supporters - will be Vice President Mike Pence.

Thursday night's speech was the first major public appearance Haley has made since she announced last week her intention to resign from her post at the end of the year.

Ms Haley, who served as governor of SC before joining the Trump administration, also recalled her upbringing as a minority member in the Palmetto State. "As a member of the Trump Cabinet, it is a thrill to be out to dinner without being harassed", Haley said.

Haley used her Indian heritage for a few more laughs, but mostly taking aim at others, including Trump: "When the president found out I was Indian, he asked me if I belonged to same tribe as Elizabeth Warren". "In our toxic political environment, I've heard some people in both parties describe their opponents as enemies or evil", Haley said.

"People always wonder if I felt different or isolated as an Indian-American growing up in rural SC".

"In America, our political opponents are not evil. In North Korea, where American student Otto Warmbier was tortured to death-that was evil", Haley said.

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