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State Dept. Wants to Clear Nikki Haley's Comments in Advance

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By    |   Friday, 28 Apr 2017 07:35 AM

The State Department wants to clear all remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before she speaks, The New York Times is reporting.

The outspoken Haley often comments on major foreign policy issues, ranging from military strikes on Syria to sanctions against Russia. And much of the time her words come as a surprise to officials at the State Department, according to the Times.

Officials are urging her to rely on "building blocks" prepared by the department to prepare her remarks, the newspaper reported.

If she substantially differs from the building blocks, particularly on high profile issues such as Syrian, Iran, Israel-Palestine or North Korea, her comments should be "re-cleared from Washington," according to a State Department email viewed by the newspaper.

Haley has praised President Donald Trump for letting her speak out on major policy issues.

"He has given me a lot of leeway to just say what I think and interpret what he thinks," Haley an interview with CNN. "I would never go rogue, because I'm very aware of who I work for.

"I'm a strong voice by nature. I'm sometimes a bull in a china shop. And, you know, he allows me to do that."

Trump has joked about firing Haley, The Washington Post reported.

"Now, does everybody like Nikki?" Trump asked at a meeting of U.N. Security Council ambassadors and their spouses. "Otherwise she could easily be replaced. Right?"

But he quickly added: "No, we won't do that. I promise. She's doing a fantastic job."

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