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Outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley jokes about Trump at charity dinner



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  • Outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley gave the keynote address
    at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York
    City on Thursday night. 
  • It was the first major appearance Haley has made since she
    announced her impending resignation last week. 
  • During the dinner, which is traditionally comical, Haley
    poked fun at President Donald Trump’s recent UN address, Sen.
    Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, and her fellow Trump administration

Outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley showed off her
sense of humor during a speech at a high-profile charity dinner
in New York City on Thursday night.

Haley was the keynote speaker at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial
Foundation Dinner, an annual white-tie gala that benefits
Catholic charities and is hosted by by the Archbishop of New
York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. 

President Donald Trump, Winston Churchill, and former President
John F. Kennedy have spoken at the dinner in years past, which
traditionally resembles more of a stand-up routine. 

In front of a crowd of about 700, including Mayor Bill de Blasio,
billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Haley poked
fun at Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Attorney General Jeff
Sessions among others. 

Here are some of the jokes that got the biggest laughs Thursday

  • “A couple of weeks ago I had this great breakfast with
    Cardinal Dolan, and I asked him if there was anything I could do
    to really boost attendance. … He said, ‘Why don’t you resign as
    UN ambassador?’ You didn’t tell me you were kidding!”
  • On the president’s advice for Haley’s speech: “He said if I
    get stuck for laughs, just brag about his accomplishments. It
    really killed at the UN, I got to tell you.”
  • “Two years ago, Trump was here and made some waves with his
    remarks. … So last year you went with Paul Ryan, who’s a Boy
    Scout and that’s fine, but a little boring. So this year, you
    wanted to spice things up again. I get it, you wanted an Indian
    woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test. Actually, when
    the president found out that I was Indian-American, he asked me
    if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren.”
  • “I really am super excited to
    be at the Al Smith Dinner. As a member of the Trump Cabinet, it
    is a thrill to be out to dinner without being
  • “As a member of the UN delegation, I do have diplomatic
    immunity … an exemption from prosecution, or as Mayor De Blasio
    calls it, a sanctuary city!”
  • “I saw Jeff Sessions earlier today — not in New York. I saw
    him on LinkedIn looking for a job. Actually we both were.” 
  • “Jeff Flake was going to be here, but he wanted to give the
    FBI a week to look into it.”
  • “People always wonder if I felt different or isolated as an
    Indian-American growing up in rural South Carolina. Actually,
    there was a benefit. It totally prepared me for being a
    Republican in New York.”

It wasn’t all jokes for Haley, though, on Thursday night. At one
point, she turned serious and appeared to call out Trump’s
political antagonism. 

“In our toxic political environment, I’ve heard some people in
both parties describe their opponents as enemies or evil,” Haley
said. “In America, our political opponents are not evil.”

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said in a tweet
that this comment was “why folks in the West Wing were so
annoyed with the showy Haley departure — they knew she would take
shots [at] Trump from the outside. Started early.”

Thursday night’s speech was the first major public appearance
Haley has made since she announced last week her intention to
resign from her post at the end of the year. 

The move sparked discussion about whether Haley might be
intending to run for president, perhaps even challenging Trump
for the Republican nomination in 2020, but Haley shot down those
rumors during a press conference at the White House — going so
far as to say she intended to help campaign for the

However, her resignation was seen by many as a way for Haley, who
has become a highly respected figure, to distance herself from
the chaos of the Trump administration so that she can pursue
higher office later on. 

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