Nikki Haley: Trump asked if I was ‘Indian’ like Elizabeth Warren

Nikki Haley: Trump asked if I was ‘Indian’ like Elizabeth Warren

Nikki Haley, a former SC governor, resigned earlier this month from her post as United States ambassador to the UN, and will formally resign at the end of the year.

It is traditionally hosted by the Archbishop of NY - now His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

Haley, who recently announced she was stepping down at the end of the year, joked that last year's event with "boy scout" Paul Ryan was 'a little boring'.

"So this year you wanted to spice things up a bit, right?"

Outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley joked Thursday during the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner that the organizers had "wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test".

U.S. Sen. Warren, D-Mass., announced the results of a DNA test this week that shows "strong evidence" of Native American heritage in the last six to 10 generations of her family history. "I get it, you wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test", she said. But that hasn't stopped some from confusing her Indian heritage with Native Americans - including, she joked, the president.

Haley, who recently announced she is leaving her United Nations post at the end of the year, poked fun at the whole situation during her address.

"I really am super excited to be at the Al Smith Dinner". 'As a member of the Trump cabinet it is a thrill to be out to dinner without being harassed'. "Actually the president called me this morning and gave me some really good advice".

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She also joked about the president's recent address to the UN General Assembly, in which audience members laughed when Trump boasted that his "administration has accomplished more than nearly any in the history of our country".

President Donald Trump talks to Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, September 24, 2018.

Warren has repeatedly claimed to be of Cherokee descent, a topic that President Trump has made light of at campaign rallies.

Haley said she had seen Sessions, Trump's embattled attorney general, earlier in the day.

"She was a star", Ed Rollins, President Reagan's 1984 campaign manager, said of Haley on "America's Newsroom". "Actually I saw Jeff Sessions earlier today, but not in NY, I saw him on LinkedIn looking for a job".

Haley, who served as governor of SC before joining the Trump administration, also recalled her upbringing as a minority in the Palmetto State.

President Donald Trump in particular has taken to mocking Warren for the claim, giving her the nickname "Pocahontas" in several speeches.

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