UN Ambassador Defends Comey Firing: Trump Is ‘The CEO Of The Country’

Press Encounter by the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ms. Nikki Haley in New York on March 27, 2017. (Photo by Luiz Roberto Lima / Pacific Press) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***(Sipa via AP Images)
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United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s decision to abruptly fire James Comey as director of the FBI by comparing the United States to a corporation with Trump as its chief executive.

“The President is the CEO of the country. He can hire and fire whoever he wants,” Haley said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Pressed on the timing and rationale behind Trump’s decision, Haley said that it’s “for everybody else to decide” whether there were “better ways” for Trump to fire Comey.


“I think that the reason people are uncomfortable is because he acts,” she said. “He doesn’t talk with a bunch of people about it before, he just acts.”

That directness — and discomfort — were on full display in the days after Comey’s shock termination as the White House trotted out multiple, at times directly contradictory answers to basic questions concerning Trump’s decision.

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