Trump refused to appoint Nikki Haley secretary of state over her skin, book claims


Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was rejected for the role of US secretary of state during the Trump administration because of a “complexion problem”, a new book claims.

In the book from The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser and The New York Times’ Peter Baker, The Divider, the pair report that those close to the ex-president described Donald Trump discussing the possibility of selecting Ms Haley for several important roles in his administration, including potentially his vice president.

But in one conversation about the possibility of nominating her to serve as secretary of State, Mr Trump reportedly made negative comments about Ms Haley’s physical appearance, apparently referring to the former governor and ambassador’s face appearing rosy in a handful of her many media appearances.

According to the book, Mr Trump told then-chief of staff John Kelly that “the real reason [she…

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