U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley says she held a “private conversation” with President Donald Trump about his response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
“I picked up the phone, and I had a private conversation with the president about Charlottesville, and it was taken very well,” Haley told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.
Haley did not get into the specifics of her conversation with the president. But, she told CNN, “There is no room for hate in this country.
“I know the pain that hate can cause, and we need to isolate haters, and we need to make sure that they know there is no place for them,” Haley said.
Commentators have compared Trump’s handling of Charlottesville – where a car allegedly driven by a white supremacist drove into a crowd protesting a rally of neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan, killing one and injuring dozens more – with Haley’s actions as S.C. governor when nine people died in a racially-motivated attack in Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.
Trump drew criticism for initially blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville. Later, he explicitly denounced the white supremacist groups involved.
Haley, on the other hand, responded to the murders at Emanuel by urging legislators to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House. That response won Haley plaudits – and criticism – nationwide.
Trump later appointed Haley to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.