The office of Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, routinely puts out a roundup of the morning’s news headlines that may or may not involve her work.
But on Tuesday, those headlines were less than flattering:
“President Trump walks back Russia sanctions” that Haley had announced the day before, one said. Haley “got out ahead of things this time,” White House says.
About 20 minutes after Haley’s office emailed the headline summary to reporters and others, an undoubtedly chagrined staffer took the unusual step of “recalling” the email.
Haley on Sunday had announced with apparent certainty that the Trump administration was planning to slap another round of economic sanctions on Russia for its support of the Syrian government and its suspected use of chemical weapons.
On Monday, the White House said new sanctions were “under consideration” but no decision had been made — a position that seemed to reflect Trump’s reluctance to publicly criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Haley often has been tougher on Russia at the U.N. than the president has been at the White House.
Another embarrassing headline on the now-recalled summary: an account of MSNBC host Joe Scarborough predicting that Haley could defeat Trump in 2020 should she decided to run.