U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has denounced that she and President Donald J. Trump are having an affair, and pointed out that such rumors can be attributed to sexism.
Haley addressed the rumors, calling them “disgusting” and “offensive,” during an interview on Politico’s Women Rule podcast. Haley said the rumors began after author Micheal Wolff introduced the idea.
In Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury,” he said Trump had spent “a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a national political future.” He also told HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that he was “absolutely sure” Trump was having an affair. He suggested readers would figure out who the mistress might be when they read the book, leading to assumptions that Haley was the woman in question.
Haley said the assumptions about an affair between her and the president are “absolutely not true,” that she isn’t alone with the president and that she’s never talked to Trump about her future.
“So the idea that these things come out, that’s a problem,” she told Politico.
Haley went further, saying the suggestion is typical of the treatment women who are in powerful positions can expect.
“But it goes to a bigger issue that we need to always be conscious of: At every point in my life, I’ve noticed that if you speak your mind and you’re strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that and the way they deal with it is to try and throw arrows, lies or not,” Haley said.
Haley said she has had to deal with false claims of an affair before, and that accusations of affairs are often launched against women.
“I saw this as a legislator. I saw this when I was governor. I see it now. I see them do it to other women,” she said. “And the thing is, when women work, they prioritize, they focus, and they believe if you’re gonna to something, do it right.”