U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, denied accusations she was having an affair with President Donald Trump, in Politico’s “Women Rule” podcast , published Friday, as “absolutely not true.”
Speculation about Haley’s relationship with the president arose after Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” alleged last week he was “absolutely sure” Trump was cheating on his wife.
Wolff said in an interview on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that readers would know with whom if they paid close attention to what he had written: “Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph, you’re going to say, ‘Bingo.’”
Internet users latched on to one sentence in particular as the “bingo” moment.
It read: “The president had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a national political future.”
She said the allegations were “highly offensive” and “disgusting” — and par for the course for powerful women. She also denied ever speaking with President Trump about her political future and being alone with him on Air Force One.
“I have literally been on Air Force One once, and there were several people in the room when I was there,” she said in her Politico interview. “He says that I’ve been talking a lot with the president in the Oval about my political future. I’ve never talked once to the president about my future, and I am never alone with him.”
The rumors did not seem to surprise Haley, however, as she said they were typical for opinionated women in powerful positions.
“It goes to a bigger issue that we need to always be conscious of,” she said on the podcast. “At every point in my life, I’ve noticed that if you speak your mind and you’re strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that, and the way they deal with it is to try and throw arrows, lies or not.”
Wolff did not respond to Politico’s request for comment.