Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., went out of his way on Tuesday to praise United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley's "moral clarity," the Washington Examiner reported.
His comments came during a confirmation hearing for John Sullivan to be deputy secretary of state, according to the website.
"We need someone who has the moral clarity that Nikki Haley has," Menendez said. "I voted for her even though I didn't think she had a lot of foreign policy experience, or any.
"I'm not sure I would have hired her for my senior foreign policy person. But I think she's outstanding. But she has moral clarity, and that moral clarity can ultimately drive us in the right direction."
He added: "And I hope you have that moral clarity as the number two person at the State Department."
Sullivan is a partner is the law firm of Mayer Brown in Washington. He has been nominated by President Donald Trump to the key national security position, CNN reported
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