Bret Stephens on Democrats Playing into Trump’s Hands – Jeopardizing Midterm Elections!

Dear Commons Community,

New York Times opinion columnist, Bret Stephens, is warning Democrats in his column (see below) this morning that they are playing into Trumps’s hands and jeopardizing the midterm elections.  He is alerting them that Republicans are gaining rapidly in a number of battleground congressional districts. This wasn’t supposed to happen. Not during a midterm when the opposition party almost always gains seats. Not after 21 months of Trumpian chaos. Not after a year of #MeToo. Not after Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional testimony and Brett Kavanaugh’s angry retort. And yet it is. Predictably. Once again, American liberalism has pierced its own tongue and is in danger of turning over the House of Representatives to the Republicans.  The Senate is already considered lost or a long shot at best to be recaptured by Democrats. Here is an excerpt:

“[American liberalism] pierced its tongue on CNN this week, when Hillary Clinton told Christiane Amanpour that “you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.” And when former Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday, “When they go low, we kick ’em.”

It pierced its tongue last week when New York’s Representative Jerrold Nadler pledged to use a Democratic House majority to open an investigation into Kavanaugh’s alleged perjury and the “whitewash” investigation by the F.B.I. A party that can’t change its mind and won’t change the subject meets the classic definition of a fanatic.”

Staples concludes:  “In 2018, Democrats had a chance to become that party. Once again, they’re flubbing it.”

Staples column reminds me of June 2016 during the presidential election when Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren visited Hillary Clinton’s headquarters in downtown Brooklyn and warned the staffers not to “screw thing up.”  They did and we ended up with Trump.  I hope the Democrats can turn the rising tide of the opposition in time for November.



Liberalism Pierces Its Tongue, Again

By Bret Stephens

Oct. 12, 2018

Michael Kelly, the legendary journalist who died covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003, once wrote that the “animating impulse” of modern liberalism was to “marginalize itself and then enjoy its own company. And to make itself as unattractive to as many as possible.”

“If it were a person,” he added, “it would pierce its tongue.”

I thought of that line while reading a tweet from Nate Cohn, The Times’s polling guru: “Take everything together, and, on balance, it’s been a good 10 days of state/cd polling for the GOP in a lot of important battlegrounds.”

The “cd” refers to congressional districts, where Republicans now have at least a fighting chance of holding on to a majority despite the widely anticipated blue wave. Even better are Republican chances of holding the Senate. On Sept. 30, RealClearPolitics gave the G.O.P. a lock on 47 seats, with 9 tossups. Now it’s 50 and 6, with races in Tennessee, Texas, and North Dakota increasingly leaning right. Donald Trump’s approval rating is also up from a month ago.

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Not during a midterm when the opposition party almost always gains seats. Not after 21 months of Trumpian chaos. Not after a year of #MeToo. Not after Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional testimony and Brett Kavanaugh’s angry retort.

And yet it is. Predictably. Once again, American liberalism has pierced its own tongue.

It pierced its tongue on CNN this week, when Hillary Clinton told Christiane Amanpour that “you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.” And when former Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday, “When they go low, we kick ’em.”

It pierced its tongue last week when New York’s Representative Jerrold Nadler pledged to use a Democratic House majority to open an investigation into Kavanaugh’s alleged perjury and the “whitewash” investigation by the F.B.I. A party that can’t change its mind and won’t change the subject meets the classic definition of a fanatic.

It pierced its tongue last month when Cory Booker and Kamala Harris turned Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing into audition tapes for their presidential bids, complete with “I am Spartacus” histrionics and bald misrepresentations about Kavanaugh’s views on racial profiling and contraception.

It pierced its tongue when Minority Leader Chuck Schumer chose to make Kavanaugh’s confirmation the year’s decisive political test, rather than run a broad referendum on Trump’s inglorious tenure. As I wrote in July, the political strategy was guaranteed to hurt red-state Democrats, as they were put “to the choice of looking like political sellouts if they vote for Kavanaugh, or moral cowards if they don’t.”

It pierced its tongue when The New Yorker violated normal journalistic standards by reporting Deborah Ramirez’s uncorroborated allegation against Kavanaugh, and much of the rest of the media gave credence Julie Swetnick’s lurid one. The pile-on wound up doing more to stiffen Republican spines against an apparent witch hunt than it did to weaken their resolve in the face of Blasey’s powerful accusation.

It pierced its tongue when Susan Collins and other female Republicans who supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation were denounced as “gender traitors” in an eye-opening op-ed in this newspaper. Approximately 30 million women voted for Trump in 2016, and many of them (along with at least a few Clinton supporters) surely felt just as Collins did. Are they all “traitors,” too?

There’s more. Maxine Waters urging protesters to hound Republicans out of restaurants and pursue them at department stores and gas stations. A #MeToo movement that moved all-too swiftly from righteous indignation against undoubted predators like Harvey Weinstein to a vendetta culture based on rumors and whisper networks based on self-censorship. Twitter mobs getting people fired and speakers canceled.

Much of this is now making its way into the G.O.P.’s ad campaign for the midterms. That’s natural because the left has given Republicans so much material to work with.

Much of this also merely echoes the uncivil politics that have been practiced by Trump and his followers from the moment he started campaigning for the presidency. But if the most liberals can say for their political tactics is that they aren’t as bad as Trump’s, they are indicting themselves twice — for imitating the wrong model, and for doing it worse.

I write all this as someone who is on record hoping Republicans get pummeled in the midterms — a fitting electoral rebuke for their slavish devotion to an unfit president and their casual abandonment of long-held conservative principles. America desperately needs a party that stands for sanity and moderation, not extremism and demagoguery.

In 2018, Democrats had a chance to become that party. Once again, they’re flubbing it. It’s a pity both sides can’t lose, but maybe a midterm disappointment might teach liberals that they won’t beat Trump in 2020 by out-clowning him.”


New York City and Public School Teachers Tentatively Agree on a New 43-Month Contract!

Dear Commons Community,

New York City and the public school teachers have reached a tentative deal on a new union contract that includes raises of 2 percent in 2019, 2.5 percent in 2020 and 3 percent in 2021.  The agreement announced yesterday between the City and the United Federation of Teachers also includes extra pay for positions that are hard to staff.

Under the deal, up to 180 schools that have struggled to retain teachers will be able to pay $5,000 to $8,000 extra for teachers in hard-to-staff positions.  This is a significant new provision of the contract and the first time that there will a differential pay scale for some teachers.

The contract also includes plans for a new screening test to determine whether prospective teachers are psychologically suitable.

The contract covers 129,000 workers. They include 79,000 teachers plus guidance counselors, social workers, paraprofessionals and school psychologists.

Before finalized, the contract has to be ratified by the rank and file UFT membership.


President Trump Attacks The Fed for Falling Stock Prices!

Dear Commons Community,

President Trump responded to falling stock prices yesterday by throwing barbs at the Federal Reserve, which he has described as “crazy,” “loco,” “going wild” and “out of control” for slowly and wisely raising interest rates against the backdrop of a booming economy.  Trump shows again that he enjoys finding fault with others whenever something displeases him.  As reported by the New York Times:

“No other modern president has publicly attacked the Fed with such venom or frequency. Indeed, some scholars said the only close historical parallel was with President Andrew Jackson, who campaigned successfully in the 1830s to close the Fed’s predecessor, the Second Bank of the United States.

Mr. Trump’s pointed remarks reflect the high political stakes less than a month before midterm elections that have been cast by his political opponents as a referendum on his presidency. Mr. Trump has been riding the economy hard, bragging about job creation, tax cuts and reduced federal regulation, and claiming credit for the rise of the stock market. Now that the market has lost 5 percent of its value in the last week, Mr. Trump is insisting someone else is to blame.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index closed at 2,728.37 on Thursday, down 2.06 percent.

In fact, despite the stock market’s plunge, the American economy continues to grow, which is what is prompting the Fed to raise interest rates and drawing the president’s ire. The Fed’s chairman, Jerome H. Powell, has said that the economy is in a “particularly bright moment” and that he sees no clouds on the horizon.

The stock market sell-off instead appears to reflect the movement of money into bonds, a normal consequence of higher interest rates since those securities pay more as rates rise; concern about the health of the global economy; and hesitations about the value of tech stocks.

But after hitching his political fortunes to the rise of the stock market, Mr. Trump is now looking to decouple himself from its fall. Republicans are instead emphasizing continued economic growth and the lowest unemployment rate since 1969.”

Time to fly the crying “Baby Trump” balloon over Wall Street!


AAUP Data Snapshot: Contingent Faculty on the Rise in American Higher Education!

Dear Commons Community,

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has published a data snapshot on higher education faculty comparing those with tenure and non-tenured contingent status.  Using data drawn from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), its findings highlight the current status of the academic labor system in US higher education. At all US institutions combined, the percentage of instructional positions that is off the tenure track amounted to 73 percent in 2016, the latest year for which data are available. The data are troublesome for the status (salary, fringe benefits) of higher education faculty to say nothing about academic freedom. Below is a summary of the AAUP findings.

I thank my Hunter College colleague, John Wallace, for alerting me to this data source.





Data Snapshot: Contingent Faculty in US Higher Ed

Over the past few decades, the tenure system in US higher education has eroded. At its best, the tenure system is a big tent, designed to unite a diverse faculty within a system of common professional values, standards, rights, and responsibilities. Tenure protects academic freedom by insulating faculty from the whims and biases of administrators, legislators, and donors, and provides the security that enables faculty to speak truth to power and contribute to the common good through teaching, research, and service activities.

The AAUP research department has taken a look at the data around tenure and the casualization of faculty labor. We looked at overall trends and broke out data regarding full-time contingent faculty and part-time and graduate-student instructors. Using data drawn from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), our findings highlight the current status of the academic labor system in US higher education. At all US institutions combined, the percentage of instructional positions that is off the tenure track amounted to 73 percent in 2016, the latest year for which data are available. The highest percentage of contingent faculty appears at two-year institutions, where tenure-track positions make up less than 20 percent of faculty positions. While a little less than 50 percent of faculty positions at master’s and baccalaureate institutions are part-time, more than 65 percent of positions at two-year institutions are. Part-time teaching positions tend to be the least secure and worst remunerated teaching positions in higher education, with low per-course pay and few benefits. For the most part, both full-and part-time non-tenure-track faculty roles are insecure, unsupported positions with little job security and inadequate due process protections.

Since the principal purpose of tenure is to safeguard academic freedom, the trend toward an increasingly contingent faculty is deeply worrisome. Free inquiry, free expression, and open dissent are critical for student learning and the advancement of knowledge. When faculty members can lose their positions because of their speech or research findings, they cannot properly fulfill their core responsibilities to advance and transmit knowledge.


Michael Cohen, Trump’s Former Attorney, Registers as a Democrat!

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Dear Commons Community,

Michael Cohen,  former attorney and fixer for President Trump registered as a Democrat this morning.

The ex-Trump attorney, who up until June served as the Republican Party’s deputy finance chairman, made the switch at the New York State board of election offices in Albany, a spokeswoman confirmed to the New York Daily News.

“Today, (Cohen) returned to the Democratic Party, another step in his journey,” attorney Lanny Davis tweeted. “Putting family and country first — distancing himself from the values of the current Admin.”

Davis added, “Can’t wait for his first interview!”

Cohen doesn’t currently have any interviews lined up, but a person familiar with the matter told The Daily News he plans to open up “at the right time.”

A White House spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.

Donald Trump will be thinking about this all night!


CUNY Freshman Enrollment Increases 4.0 Percent to Record 39,938 Students!

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City University of New York reported this morning that freshmen enrollment for Fall 2018 rose 4.0 percent to 39,938 students, a record for the University and a continuation of a five-year upward trend.  Since 2014, the number of freshmen enrolling at CUNY’s 18 senior and community colleges has increased by nearly 7 percent. As reported by CUNY’s Office of Communications:

“The growth of our freshman classes is a testament to our successful efforts to evolve, expand and continuously improve educational offerings on campuses across CUNY,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “Students are increasingly drawn to the quality and affordability of a CUNY education. Our mission to give them a pathway to social mobility has never been more vital.”

According to University officials, financial incentives by state and city government in recent years have also contributed to the upsurge. The state’s Excelsior Scholarship program, which supplements state and federal aid to make college free for more students, has been one factor. Another is the city’s move to waive CUNY application fees for public school students from low-income families.

Nearly all of CUNY’s campuses saw increases in their first-time freshmen enrollment this fall over last year. All told, the number of freshmen at the 11 senior colleges went from 20,158 to 21,214, a 5.3 percent increase. Among the seven community colleges, freshmen enrollment rose from 18,260 to 18,724.”

Congratulations all around!


Higher Ed, Inc.

Dear Commons Community,

Ruth Perry and Yarden Katz, professors at MIT and Harvard respectively, have an article this morning in The Chronicle of Higher Education, entitled Higher Education, Inc. that examines how some universities are becoming “cogs in corporate machines.”  Below is an excerpt:

“In 1972, when one of us (Ruth Perry) first came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the federal government — and especially the Department of Defense — significantly subsidized MIT’s budget. Faculty members and students objected to how this funding changed research priorities and slanted educational objectives. After the end of the Vietnam War, MIT increasingly turned to corporations for funding. The change was not salutary. Federal funds had trickled down better; those Defense Department dollars subsidized the teaching of literature and philosophy as well as projects in the arts. Opponents of the Pentagon’s militaristic research agenda nevertheless thought it was right and proper that the federal government should support higher education beyond the narrow scope of applied research.

Corporate funding was neither so generous nor so far-reaching. There was less tolerance for educational purposes, and instead of a broad mandate for the public good (or even the rhetoric for it), these new sponsors focused narrowly on their own business interests. Moreover, corporations expected quicker results and had little interest in basic research. Those of us who had objected to the corrosive effects of Pentagon funding were surprised, perhaps naïvely, to realize that corporate money stifled free inquiry even more than federal dollars had.

Fifty years later, universities have been transformed to run like corporations, top-down and hierarchical, relying on impersonal bureaucracies rather than collegial debate to make decisions. Research is viewed instrumentally, as it is at the corporations that sponsor it.

The line between education and business has all but dissolved. Corporations lease campus land for their commercial buildings and help direct research in campus labs. The atmosphere encourages students to work on their “pitches” for corporate jobs rather than identify problematic assumptions. Students’ imaginations are trained to develop new products and open new markets rather than to think about what would constitute human fulfillment. We end up reproducing the view that the “real world” is inevitably one of competition, anxiety, isolation, and fear.

MIT, like its peer institutions, has formed many corporate partnerships. The word “partner” deserves some attention. Used as a legal term in the 18th century, “partner” has always covered a multitude of sins. The legal meaning was invented to create a legal entity to share profit but avoid personal liability. Partnership continues to mean what it meant then: an association whose precise terms are hidden, but whose public aspect is neutral, professional, and sanitized.

MIT’s partnerships are generally negotiated confidentially, without input from the greater campus community, and have become normalized over time. Last year, IBM committed $240 million to build an artificial-intelligence research laboratory at MIT, whose goal is to commercialize AI research for various industries (including defense). This corporate-academic hybrid gives IBM access to the computer-science and brain-and-cognitive-sciences faculties, as well as to students. (And it is only one of the corporate partnerships that are part of MIT’s “Intelligence Quest” initiative.)”

Later in the article, Perry and Katz also remind readers that:

“Recently the Stevens Point campus of the University of Wisconsin proposed to cut 13 of its humanities majors, “including English, art, history, philosophy, and foreign languages.” Language is the repository of our most subtle thoughts and noble feelings, the medium that stores our common knowledge and folklore — but no one has figured out how to commodify it yet. Closing research departments in the humanities is also an attack on labor. It converts programs with tenured-faculty slots into “service departments,” based on even more precarious contract labor, that teach “basic skills” to students in more strategically profitable programs. And so, another crack where academic resistance could take place is sealed shut.

The space for seeking un-pragmatic truths on campus is shrinking. It is collapsing under the weight of marketing and markets. Our hope is not to convince those in power that these trends are real. Nor is it to add to the literature of laments for a mythologized age in which the university was enlightened. Rather, we hope faculty members can learn from and make alliances with those students, community members, and colleagues at neighboring institutions who want to resist the corporatization of academic research. Together we can make more room for different kinds of thinking on our campuses.”




Michael Bloomberg Re-Registers as a Democrat. Is a Presidential Race in his Future?

Image: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business forum in New York

Dear Commons Community,

Michael Bloomberg announced on Instagram and Twitter  this morning that he had re-registered as a Democrat, in a sign that the former New York City mayor could be seriously considering a presidential bid in 2020.

“At key points in U.S. history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution. Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats,” Bloomberg said.

“Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat — I had been a member for most of my life — because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs,” he added.

Bloomberg had been a Democrat prior to his initial mayoral run in 2001, when he became, and was elected as, a Republican. He was re-elected in 2005 as a Republican, but then became an independent in 2007 and was re-elected to a third term in 2009 as an independent.

He spoke in support of Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Bloomberg flirted with presidential runs in 2008, 2012, and 2016, but ultimately decided not to jump in each time.

Last month, The New York Times and The Times of London both reported that Bloomberg, 76, was seriously considering running for president in 2020 as a Democrat.

The former mayor, who previously made a fortune as the founder of media and finance company Bloomberg LP, pledged earlier this year to spend $80 million on efforts to help flip the House for the Democrats.

Welcome Mr. Bloomberg to presidential politics.  It will not be an easy road.


Online Learning Consortium Announces 2018 OLC Fellows, Effective Practice Awardees and Scholarship Recipients!

Dear Commons Community,

The Online Learning Consortium yesterday announced its annual awards for contributions to the field of online and digital learning.  This year’s class of Fellows, effective practice awardees and scholarship recipients represent extraordinary examples of the innovation that is happening in education. Honorees will be recognized at the upcoming OLC ACCELERATE Conference, Nov. 14-16, in Orlando.  The official announcement is below.

Congratulations to all!



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The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced the 2018 class of OLC Fellows as well as recipients of the 2018 Effective Practice Awards, the 2018 Bruce N. Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence and the Women in Digital Learning Leadership Scholarship. All honorees will be recognized at the upcoming OLC Accelerate 2018 (#OLCAccelerate) conference, in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 14-16.

“Members of the OLC community continually strive to develop and deliver quality digital learning experiences,” said Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., CEO and Executive Director, Online Learning Consortium. “This year’s class of Fellows, effective practice awardees and scholarship recipients represent extraordinary examples of the innovation happening in online and digital education. We thank them for their dedication to quality across digital teaching and learning and congratulate them on their success.”

2018 OLC Fellows

Recognition as an OLC Fellow is conferred by the OLC Board of Directors on those who have contributed to advancing quality, effectiveness and breadth in online and blended education in areas represented by the OLC Pillars: learning effectiveness, access, faculty and student satisfaction and scale.

“On behalf of the OLC Board of Directors, I congratulate this year’s class of OLC Fellows for the exceptional professional excellence they have demonstrated through their leadership and service to the field of digital learning,” said Eric Fredericksen, Ed.D., President, OLC Board of Directors, and Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of Rochester.

Named to the 2018 class of OLC Fellows are:

  • Linda Enghagen, J.D., Associate Dean, Graduate & Professional Programs, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst
  • Fred Hurst, Ph.D., Vice President, Academic Advancement, Western Governors University
  • Jeffrey Seaman, Ph.D., Director, Babson Survey Research Group, Babson College
  • Norman Vaughan, Ph.D., Professor, Mount Royal University

2018 Effective Practice Awards, Recognizing Effective Practices in Digital Education

OLC’s Effective Practice Awards recognize effective techniques, strategies and practices that are shared by members of the OLC community to advance quality and access to online programs.

“Members of the OLC community continually strive to make quality online education accessible and affordable for the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, at any time,” said Devon Cancilla, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, Online Learning Consortium. “The OLC Effective Practice Awards recognize this commitment and provide a way for members to demonstrate what’s working in online education and share best practices their peers can apply in their own programs.”

Two rounds of Effective Practices are awarded annually. The first round is awarded each spring at the OLC Innovate conference. The second and current round of 2018 Effective Practice Awards, to be presented at the OLC Accelerate conference, includes:

  • “Online Learning Efficacy Research Database” – Katie Linder, Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Oregon State University
  • “The Online Student Support Services Scorecard Implementation,” Victoria Brown, Kamarie B. Carter, Dana R. Willett, Joshua Z. Book; Florida State University System, Texas State System
  • “Eliminating Redundancies in Online Learning Material,” Michael Scott Brown, Lewis Williams; University of Maryland University College
  • “#SquadGoalsNetwork – Remixing the Personal Learning Network,” Angela Gunder, Jessica L. Knott, Ryan Straight, Clark Shah-Nelson, Keegan Long-Wheeler, Benjamin Scragg, John Stewart; The University of Arizona, Michigan State University, The University of Maryland, The University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University
  • “Elevating Participation and Outcomes with Digitized Assessments in Large-enrollment Foundational STEM Curricula: An Immersive Development Workshop for STEM Faculty,” Ronald DeMara, Baiyun Chen, Charles Hartshorne; University of Central Florida
  • “Science & UniReady: Tailoring an Online Preparatory Workshop for Successful University Transition and Academic Performance in Health Sciences,” Jacqueline O’Flaherty, University of South Australia
  • “Flipped Student Services Model,” Chelsea Caile McNeely, Robin Grebing, Leah Michel; Southeast Missouri State, Maryville University

2018 Scholarship Recipients

OLC announced today that Niki Bray, Ed.D., Instructor and Instructional Designer, University of Memphis, is the recipient of the 2018 Bruce N. Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence. The scholarship was established in recognition of OLC’s former CEO, Dr. Bruce N. Chaloux, who was devoted to supporting leaders in online learning. It recognizes individuals who achieve extraordinary accomplishments in the field of online education at an early stage in their careers.

OLC also announced today that Darryl Draper-Amasonn, Provost Fellow, College of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Old Dominion University, is the recipient of OLC’s 2018 Women in Digital Learning Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor women in the field of digital learning who exemplify leadership qualities and who contribute to the field through the adoption of innovative practices or the contribution of new research to the field.

About OLC’s Award Programs

Complete details about OLC’s award programs may be found online:

About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including, best-practice publications, quality benchmarking, leading-edge instruction, community-driven conferences, practitioner-based and empirical research and expert guidance. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit for more information.

Nikki Haley Resigns as US Ambassador to the UN!

Dear Commons Community,

Nikki Haley this morning abruptly resigned as US ambassador to the United Nations, Axios reports.

The reasons for her departure are unclear and this was not expected. Haley reportedly had a discussion about her resignation with President Donald Trump during a visit to the White House last week. (NOTE:  After I made this posting, the New York Times had an article speculating on Haley’s decision and future plans.]

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has been among the more moderate members of Trump’s administration. She had a tough job from the start representing the Trump administration’s agenda in the UN, a body the president has long criticized.

This news comes less than a month after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, which was somewhat of a rocky affair for the president. During his address to the UNGA, world leaders laughed at Trump as he claimed his administration had accomplished more than any other in US history.

The media had mischaracterized the laughter and contended it was actually a sign of respect.

“They love how honest he is,” she told “Fox & Friends” in late September. “It’s not diplomatic, and they find it funny. I mean, when he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it.”

“Whether he said good things about him or not, they love that he’s honest with them,” Haley added at the time. “And they’ve never seen anything like it, so there’s a respect there. I saw that the media was trying to make it something disrespectful; that’s not what it was. They love to be with him.”

It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds.  Haley is a moderate Republican and has also been mentioned as a possible future presidential candidate.



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