US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley vehemently denied having an affair with President Donald Trump, calling the rumors “disgusting” and “highly offensive.”
“It is absolutely not true,” Haley said on Politico’s “Women Rule” podcast, which aired Thursday.
The rumor spread after Michael Wolff, the author of the controversial tome on the Trump presidency “Fire and Fury,” told HBO’s Bill Maher he was sure Trump was having an affair, but did not have enough proof to publish the allegation in his book.
Many people then pointed to a line in the book that Haley had been spending time alone with Trump on Air Force One.
“I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there,” said Haley. “[Wolff] says that I’ve been talking a lot with the president in the Oval about my political future. I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him.”
Haley attributed the rumors to sexism from a “small group of men” uneasy with strong-willed women.
“Most men respect women but there is a small group of men, that if you just do your job and you try and do it well and you are outspoken about it, they resent it. And they think the only option is to bring you down,” she said.
Haley also addressed her interview with CBS last month in which she said that women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment should feel comfortable to come forward with the allegations. Trump “said I did a good job,” said Haley.
The former South Carolina governor, who backed Trump rival Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination, said she and Trump are in agreement on almost all policy issues.
“We get along great, and I agree with almost everything that he has done,” she said.