ABRUPT RESIGNATION

October 12, 2018 at 5:15 am

In a move that shocked even political insiders, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced her resignation. But, her departure leaves more questions than answers. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg changed political parties and registered as a Democrat again. Is it a first move on the way to a possible run at the White House?  We’re taking a look.

Aired on October 12, 2018.

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>> THE RESOLVING DOOR AT THE
WHITE HOUSE CONTINUES WITH THE
RESIGNATION OF AMBASSADOR NIKKI
HALEY.
HER DECISION TO STEP DOWN CAUGHT
JOURNALISTS ON GUARD, VIEWED AS
THE PRESIDENT'S MODERATE AND
CALM FORCE IN THE
ADMINISTRATION.
THE AMBASSADOR AND THE PRESIDENT
HAD NOTHING BUT COMPLIMENTS FOR
ONE ANOTHER.
>> SHE'S DONE A FANTASTIC JOB
AND WE'VE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB
TOGETHER.
WE'VE SOLVED A LOT OF PROBLEMS
AND WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF
SOLVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS.
>> COUNTRIES MAY NOT LIKE WHAT
WE DO, BUT THEY RESPECT WHAT WE
DO.
THEY KNOW IF WE SAY WE'RE GOING
TO DO SOMETHING, WE FOLLOW IT
THROUGH.
THE PRESIDENT PROVED THAT,
WHETHER IT WAS WITH THE CHEMICAL
WEAPONS IN SYRIA, WHETHER WITH
NATO SAYING OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE
TO PAIR THEIR SHARE, WHETHER
IT'S BEEN THE TRADE DEALS WHICH
HAVE BEEN AMAZING, THEY GET THAT
THE PRESIDENT MEANS BUSINESS.
>> FEW KNOW AMBASSADOR HALEY
THAN JONATHAN WACHTEL, FORMER
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS.
WE'RE PLEASED TO WELCOME HIM
BACK FOR INSIGHT ON WHY THE
AMBASSADOR MAY HAVE WALKED AWAY.
PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE.
>> GREAT TO BE HERE, JACK.
>> THE HEADLINE WAS ALWAYS
SURPRISE.
WERE YOU SURPRISED?
>> I WAS SURPRISED JUST BECAUSE
I DIDN'T EXPECT IT ON THAT DAY,
PER SE.
BUT I WASN'T SURPRISED OVERALL.
IT MADE SENSE.
A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS THINKING
THAT SHE WOULD BE STEPPING DOWN
SOON.
>> IT MADE SENSE IN WHAT WAY?
>> IT MADE SENSE IN THAT WHEN
YOU'RE WORKING AT THE UNITED
NATIONS IN SUCH AN INTENSE
PLACE, IT'S ONE THING -- ONE OF
THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS YOU
CAN IMAGINE.
YOU'RE KNEE DEEP IN GEOPOLITICS
AND TRYING TO MANEUVER.
>> I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE
FASCINATING.
>> NERDY, BUT FASCINATING AND
INTENSE.
ACTUALLY THE STAKES ARE SO HIGH.
VERY INTERESTING.
IF YOU'RE A CAREER DIPLOMAT,
IT'S PIG HEAVEN.
BUT NIKKI HALEY IS POLITICIAN.
AT THE END OF THE DAY SHE HAS TO
THINK ABOUT HER ASPIRATIONS AND
BEFORE SHE'S GOING FROM HERE.
AND THIS IS, OF COURSE, A GREAT
LEARNING CURVE FOR HER THAT
SHE'S GONE THROUGH AT THE UNITED
NATIONS.
SHE'LL COME UP TO CLOSE TO TWO
YEARS BY THE TIME SHE FINALLY
LEAVES, AND YOU LEARN A HECK OF
A LOT -- IT'S LIKE TAKING A
GRADUATE DEGREE IN FOREIGN
POLICY AND SOME, OBVIOUSLY,
BECAUSE YOU'RE IN THE HOT SEAT
ACTUALLY FORMULATING AND PUSHING
THROUGH POLICY.
FANTASTIC LEARNING CURVE FOR HER
AND GREAT AD TO HER RESUME ON
TOP OF BEING A TWO-TERM GOVERNOR
IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
POLITICALLY SHE LEAVES THIS ON A
TREMENDOUS HIGH, CAPABLE OF
DOING ANY NUMBER OF THINGS,
WHETHER SHE DECIDES TO GO INTO
PRIVATE SECTOR AND MAKE A STIFF
BUCK THERE OR ACTUALLY GET BACK
INTO THE POLITICAL CIRCLE OF
THINGS.
>> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOME
POSSIBILITIES IN A SECOND.
I WAS STRUCK BY SOMETHING YOU
HAD SAID ABOUT THIS.
THE U.N. -- THE AMBASSADOR IS A
GREAT ITEM ON YOUR RESUME.
YOU MENTIONED IF IN THE
POLITICAL WORLD -- I THINK YOU
USED THE TERM BACK WATER.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?
>> WHAT I MEAN IS, YOU'RE IN NEW
YORK CITY WHICH IS AN
UNBELIEVABLE CITY AND SO
DYNAMIC, BUT YOU'RE NOT IN THE
BELT WAY, NOT IN WASHINGTON,
D.C., NOT AN INSIDER.
YOU'RE NOT IN FRONT OF THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
ON A DAILY BASIS, CERTAINLY IN
TRYING TO POSITION YOURSELF AS A
CABINET MEMBER TO BE THE GO-TO
PERSON NECESSARILY.
NOW, THEY WERE TREMENDOUSLY
COMPLIMENTARY TO ONE ANOTHER IN
THE NIKKI HALEY GOOD-BYE AT THE
WHITE HOUSE NOW -- ANNOUNCEMENT
AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
SHE'LL STILL BE ON THE JOB FOR A
COUPLE MORE MONTHS.
AND THE REASON IS SOLID.
HE DID A SOLID FOR HER HE
PERFORMED STRONGLY.
HE DID WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED
TO DO, IN TERMS OF THE IRAN
NUCLEAR DEAL, JERUSALEM, DEALING
WITH TOUGH SANCTIONS ON NORTH
KOREA.
SHE DID HER JOB.
OF COURSE, THE PRESIDENT ENJOYS
THAT TREMENDOUSLY BECAUSE SHE
LOOKED GOOD FOR HIM.
>> MADE HIM LOOK GOOD.
>> MAKES HIM LOOK GOOD.
SHE'S A FEMALE CABINET MEMBER,
SOLID.
PERFORMED VERY WELL.
SHE, OF COURSE, IS FILLED WITH
GRATITUDE FOR HAVING THE
OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS TYPE OF
JOB.
IT REALLY IS A DREAM COME TRUE
TYPE OF JOB, BUT AGAIN, SHE IS A
POLITICIAN.
>> WE TALK ABOUT THE PRIVATE
SECTOR, PERHAPS TALK ABOUT HER
BEING A SENATOR, AND THEN
THERE'S ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE
PRESIDENCY.
SHE SAID AT THAT, NO, I DON'T
HAVE -- THAT'S NOT MY INTENTION.
IT HARKENS TO THE NOTION OF
NEVER SAY NEVER KIND OF THING.
DO YOU THINK THAT MEANS NEVER
FOR HER, WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT NOT
RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT?
>> I THINK IT MEANS AT THE
PRESENT TIME, IT'S NOT EXPEDIENT
FOR HER TO DO SOMETHING LIKE
THAT.
HE IS THE PRESIDENT.
HE'S STILL HER BOSS.
HE WON'T BE HER BOSS IN SEVERAL
MONTHS AND SHE'LL BE FREE TO DO
WHATEVER SHE SEES FIT OR EVEN
BEFORE THAT, BEGIN THE PROCESS
OF MOVING THE WHEELS.
THIS WAS A DELIBERATE DECISION.
THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAME
OUT OF THE BLUE.
THIS HAS BEEN LONG CONTEMPLATED
GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF
WHAT'S GOING ON.
CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE.
>> EXACTLY.
>> TODAY IS NOT TOMORROW AND
CERTAINLY NOT A FEW MONTHS FROM
NOW.
>> SPEAKING OF KEEPING AN EYE,
FORMER MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
REREGISTERED AS A DEMOCRAT.
SOME PEOPLE MAY FORGET HE WAS
ORIGINALLY DEMOCRAT, BECAME A
REPUBLICAN, BECAME INDEPENDENT
AND NOW RE-REGISTERED AS A
DEMOCRAT.
I'LL ASK YOU THE SAME QUESTION I
ASKED ABOUT AMBASSADOR HALEY.
DID THAT SURPRISE YOU?
>> IT SURPRISED ME BECAUSE --
YES, IT DID.
YOU KNOW WHAT?
HE FEELS OBVIOUSLY IT'S TIME TO
STEP UP IN A CONCERTED WAY.
HE'S BEEN THROWING MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS AT DEMOCRATIC PARTY
NEEDS AT THIS TIME IN THE STATE,
AND HE'S CAPABLE OF THROWING A
LOT MORE.
HE CARES DEEPLY ABOUT WHAT'S
HAPPENING WITH THE COUNTRY,
CARES DEEPLY ABOUT CLIMATE
CHANGE AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL
ISSUES THAT ARE ON THE FRONT
BURNER AND CRISES OF OUR TIME.
SO IN TERMS OF HIM STEPPING UP
TO POSSIBLY RUN, THAT SHOULDN'T
BE TOO SURPRISING.
YOU RECALL HE WENT THROUGH
PROBABLY A COSTLY STUDY OF
WHETHER HE WAS A VIABLE
CANDIDATE IN 2016 AND CAME TO
THE CONCLUSION HE CAN'T DO IT.
BUT THEN AGAIN, IF HE HAD BEEN
THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE AT THAT
TIME, IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A
TOTALLY DIFFERENT SCENARIO IN
ALL RESPECTS.
>> DO YOU THINK IN OUR
ATMOSPHERE TODAY, THE NOTION OF
PARTY LOYALTY IS GOING TO BE
PARAMOUNT.
DO YOU THINK PEOPLE CARE ANYMORE
ABOUT HE USED TO BE A DEMOCRAT,
USED TO BE A REPUBLICAN, USED TO
BE INDEPENDENT, NOW HE'S A
DEMOCRAT AGAIN.
DO YOU THINK PEOPLE CARE IF YOU
BOUNCE BACK AND FORTH WITHIN
THOSE DESIGNATIONS?
>> I THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE
WITHIN THE PARTIES, BOTH
REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC IN THE
CASE OF MAYOR BLOOMBERG THAT
WOULD CALL HIM A TRAITOR.
YOU'RE FICKLE AND HOW ARE YOU A
TRUSTWORTHY REPRESENTATIVE OF
OUR PARTY.
I THINK WE'RE COMING TO AN AGE
WHERE MAYBE IT'S A LITTLE MORE
ACCEPTABLE.
YOU LOOK AT JOE LIEBERMAN.
HE COULDN'T GET ELECTED AS A
DEMOCRAT IN HIS OWN STATE, GOT
IN AS AN INDEPENDENT WHICH WAS A
REMARKABLE -- YOU KNOW, ONE OF
THE FIRST PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY GET
THROUGH THAT WAY AND BE ABLE TO
DO IT.
MAYOR LINDSEY I BELIEVE WAS
ACTUALLY A REPUBLICAN AND
THE -- THAT WAS A WHILE BACK
AND MANAGED TO THEN SERVE
ANOTHER TERM WITH A NEW PARTY
AFFILIATION.
SO IT CAN HAPPEN.
THE THING THAT BLOOMBERG HAS
WHICH IS AMAZING IS HIS WAR
CHEST.
I MEAN THE GUY IS WORTH TENS OF
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, MORE THAN
TRUMP.
>> HE DECIDES I WANT TO MAKE
THIS RUN, MONEY DOESN'T BECOME
AN OBSTACLE.
I'D LOVE TO SAY THAT JUST ONCE
IN MY LIFE.
JONATHAN, AGAIN, ALWAYS A
PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE, TO
GET YOUR PERSPECTIVE AND INSIGHT
ON THINGS.

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