The Trump administration was internally divided over three key Israel-related policy decisions — moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, leaving the Iran nuclear deal and cutting funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, writes in a new book.
The book, With All Due Respect: Defending American With Grit and Grace, was published this week and immediately drew headlines for Haley’s account of how Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, tried to recruit her to resist the president.
The books says that Middle East policy issues were prominent among those on which Tillerson and Kelly were trying to undercut the president. “Their idea of ‘saving the country’ was staying in the Iran Nuclear Deal….And keeping the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv,” Haley writes. “These were major policy decisions in which they disagreed with the president.”
“At the critical National Security Council meeting with the president on the Jerusalem embassy decision, myself, Vice President Pence, and Ambassador David Friedman spoke out in favor of the move. Everyone else either opposed it or expressed strong reservations. The president made the decision,” Haley writes.