U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley fired back at the White House on Tuesday, denying claims that she had been confused when she announced on Sunday that the Trump administration would impose new sanctions on Russia before President Trump decided to halt them.
“With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley told Fox News’s Dana Perino in a statement that was read on-air.
She was responding to a comment earlier in the day by Trump’s White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who said that Haley “got ahead of the curve” in announcing the sanctions and said she “got confused.”
“She got ahead of the curve,” Kudlow told reporters in West Palm Beach, Fla. “She’s done a great job. She’s a very effective ambassador, but there might have been some momentary confusion about that.”
Kudlow reportedly called Haley later to apologize for the “confused” comments.
“She was certainly not confused,” Kudlow said in a brief interview with The New York Times. “I was wrong to say that — totally wrong.”
“As it turns out, she was basically following what she thought was policy,” Kudlow added. “The policy was changed and she wasn’t told about it, so she was in a box.”