President Donald Trump on Monday joked that Nikki Haley could “easily be replaced” as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations if members of the organization’s security council don’t like her.
“Does everybody like Nikki? Because if you don’t like Nikki — otherwise she could easily be replaced,” Trump said at a working lunch with ambassadors on the U.N. Security Council, to laughter from Haley and others present. “No, we won’t do that, I promise.”
Trump went on to say the United Nations is “an underperformer but has tremendous potential,” according to a White House transcript of his remarks.
“I think that the United Nations has tremendous potential — tremendous potential — far greater than what I would say any other candidate in the last 30 years would have even thought to say,” he said. “I know it hasn’t lived up to the potential.”