Hohmann leaves it an open question as to whether Haley wants to succeed Tillerson at Foggy Bottom, or just check a foreign-policy box on her way to a presidential run. Either ambition would have been considered audacious not that long ago….So we definitely know by now that Haley has serious political skills, and has benefited from a lot of luck. But she had better watch her back if she is indeed disrespecting not just career diplomats or her foreign-policy bosses, but also the policy-making autonomy of Donald Trump.
- Madeleine Albright, who went on to become secretary of state;
- Bill Richardson, who went on to run for president;
- Richard Holbrooke, who never became secretary of state but really, really wanted that job;
- John Negroponte, who went on to become the first director of national intelligence;
- John Bolton, who has at least toyed with running for president;
- Susan E. Rice, who almost became secretary of state but became national security adviser instead.
All the chaos inside the Trump administration over the past 80 days has allowed Haley to get away with the kind of freelancing that would ordinarily cause someone in her position to be rebuked. In fact, she’s been left alone. As she said on ABC the weekend before last, “The president has not once called me and said, ‘Don’t beat up on Russia.’ He has not once called me and told me what to say.”
BREAKING: Tillerson says it is clear 'to all of us that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end'— The Associated Press (@AP) April 11, 2017