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US officials tried to ‘undermine Trump’

Nikki Haley claims Rex Tillerson and John Kelly tried to recruit her in undermining Donald Trump, to 'save the country". Photo: AAP
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Ex-UN ambassador Nikki Haley says top White House officials John Kelly and Rex Tillerson asked her to help them undermine US President Donald Trump.

Ms Haley’s new book, due to be published in the US on Tuesday (local time), claims the former Secretary of State Tillerson and Trump’s ex-chief of staff Kelly wanted to undermine Mr Trump’s authority in a bid to “save the country,”

Ms Haley addressed the comments in an interview with broadcaster CBS on Sunday.

“To undermine a president is really a dangerous thing and it is against the constitution and against what the Americans want,” Haley told CBS.

Mr Tillerson was fired in March 2018, while Mr Kelly left at the end the same year.

In response, Mr Kelly said if providing the president “with the best and most open, legal and ethical staffing advice …so he could make an informed decision is ‘working against Trump,’ then guilty as charged.”

The Trump White House has seen an unusually high number of sackings and resignations.

Some former White House staffers have painted a picture of chaos in the government in insider reports and revelatory books.

It was Ms Haley’s choice to end her posting at the United Nations in New York at the end of 2018. Rumours swirled about her political ambitions, with many speculating she had an eye on a future presidential run.

Mr Trump tweeted Ms Haley “good luck” on Sunday (local time) ahead of the book’s release.