U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers the keynote speech during the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, Oct. 18, in New York City. The annual white-tie dinner raises money for Catholic charities. The foundation honors the late Alfred E. Smith, former governor of New York and America’s first Catholic presidential nominee. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Indian American Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the UN, has poked fun at President Donald Trump’s inflated ego and his cultural ignorance, days after announcing that she would be leaving her position representing America at the world body.
Haley, 46, announced on Oct. 9 that she is resigning from her UN post, effective at the end of the year. She has since claimed that she has no ambitions to run for president in 2020.
Haley, during remarks at the 2018 Alfred Smith Dinner in New York, mocked the president for getting laughed at, at the UN General Assembly last month, a spectacle that both she and the president said was intentional, New York Daily Timesreported.
The former South Carolina governor started the speech with a joke about Trump’s thin skin.
“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. So, good night everybody,” she said to laughter from the crowd.
She also joked about the president’s ongoing feud with Senator Elizabeth Warren, who recently released the results of a DNA test that strongly supported the existence of Native American ancestry from six to 10 generations ago.
“The president called me this morning and gave me some good advice, he said if I get stuck for laughs just brag about his accomplishments. It really killed at the UN, I’ve got to tell you,” Haley said, Oct. 18.
The outgoing ambassador was recalling a moment during the president’s UN speech when delegates laughed at him boasting that his administration had, in two years, “accomplished more than almost any in the history of our country.”
After that joke, Haley then turned her attention to Warren. Trump has repeatedly mocked Warren with the nickname for Pocahontas for her having claimed previously that she has Native American ancestry.
“I get it, you wanted an Indian woman but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test,” Haley said in New York.
She continued to poke fun at Trump’s cultural ignorance, the report said.
“Actually, when the President found out that I was Indian American he asked me if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren.”
The ambassador poked fun at Trump’s response to the recent Bob Woodward book.
“The President got really mad at Bob Woodward’s book,” she said. “The book compared him to a fifth grader. A lot of Democrats seized on that, until they realized that they got beaten by the fifth grader.”