A recently-released book penned by Michael Wolff claims that former South Carolina governor and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is considering a presidential run.
The book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which was released Jan. 5, claims Haley is seeking a presidential run and that President Donald Trump is grooming her to be his replacement.
The 45-year-old Indian American ambassador had no response publicly to the book. Trump and the White House, however, dismissed the book.
Haley, in her time since taking over her new post, to which she was appointed by Trump, has emerged as a close confident of Trump and has been strongly pushing for Trump’s foreign policy agenda at the United Nations, attracting frequent praise from Trump himself.
However, the book portrays Haley in somewhat of a negative light saying that she has presidential ambitions and does not have a good view of Trump.
“By October, however, many on the president’s staff took particular notice of one of the few remaining Trump opportunists: Nikki Haley, the U.N. ambassador,” the book said.
Haley, “as ambitious as Lucifer,” in the characterization of one member of the senior staff — had concluded that Trump’s tenure would last, at best, a single term, and that she, with requisite submission, could be his heir apparent, Wolff writes.
The book also calls into question Trump's mental stability, citing 200 interviews with people inside and outside of the White House, a claim which Haley shot down Jan. 8.
"I know those people in the White House. These people love their country and respect our president... No one questions the (mental) stability of the president," she said in a statement.
"I can't vouch for anything like that. I don't know if it was 200 interviews with (former chief strategist) Steve Bannon, or if it was 200 interviews with himself, but I can tell you, I know these people. I work with these people," she added.
"I work with the president and speak with him multiple times a week; this is a man, he didn't become the president by accident," she said. "We need to be realistic at the fact that every person, regardless of race, religion, or party, who loves the country, should support this president. It's that important."