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Nikki Haley says senior Trump advisers Rex Tillerson and John Kelly asked her to undermine president

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Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has accused top Trump cabinet members Rex Tillerson and John Kelly of trying to recruit her to ‘save the country’ by undermining the president.  

Haley, a fierce Trump loyalist, made the allegations in her new book, With All Due Respect. 

She claimed that Former Secretary of State Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff Kelly approached her with a plan to work around Trump on issues they felt he wasn’t handling properly. 

‘Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country,’ Haley wrote in an excerpt obtained by The Washington Post.

‘It was their decisions, not the president’s, that were in the best interests of America, they said. The president didn’t know what he was doing.’ 

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Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley claims that senior Trump advisers Rex Tillerson and John Kelly tried to recruit her to 'save the country' by undermining the president

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley claims that senior Trump advisers Rex Tillerson and John Kelly tried to recruit her to 'save the country' by undermining the president

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley claims that senior Trump advisers Rex Tillerson and John Kelly tried to recruit her to ‘save the country’ by undermining the president

In her forthcoming memoir, With All Due Respect, Haley describes a closed-door meeting where former White House Chief of Staff Kelly (pictured) and former Secretary of State Tillerson asked her to help them work around Trump on issues they felt he wasn't handling well

In her forthcoming memoir, With All Due Respect, Haley describes a closed-door meeting where former White House Chief of Staff Kelly (pictured) and former Secretary of State Tillerson asked her to help them work around Trump on issues they felt he wasn't handling well

Haley described Tillerson (pictured) as 'exhausting', and said the secretary of state told her that 'people would die' if Trump went unchecked

Haley described Tillerson (pictured) as 'exhausting', and said the secretary of state told her that 'people would die' if Trump went unchecked

In her forthcoming memoir, With All Due Respect, Haley describes a closed-door meeting where former White House Chief of Staff Kelly (left) and former Secretary of State Tillerson (right) asked her to help them work around Trump on issues they felt he wasn’t handling well 

Haley described Tillerson as ‘exhausting’, and said the secretary of state told her that ‘people would die’ if Trump went unchecked. 

She also claimed that Kelly was suspicious of her access to the Oval Office.

Haley expanded her account of the closed-door meeting with Tillerson and Kelly during an interview with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell that aired Sunday. 

‘Instead of saying that to me, they should’ve been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan,’ she said. 

‘It should’ve been: “Go tell the president what your differences are, and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing.”

‘But to undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want. And it was offensive.’ 

When asked about Haley’s account, Kelly responded: ‘If by resistance and stalling she means putting a staff process in place … to ensure the (president) knew all the pros and cons of what policy decision he might be contemplating so he could make an informed decision, then guilty as charged.’ 

Tillerson did return requests for comment.  

Haley has remained a fierce Trump supporter even after she left her post as US ambassador to the United Nations in October 2018. She is pictured with the president in September 2017

Haley has remained a fierce Trump supporter even after she left her post as US ambassador to the United Nations in October 2018. She is pictured with the president in September 2017

Haley has remained a fierce Trump supporter even after she left her post as US ambassador to the United Nations in October 2018. She is pictured with the president in September 2017

Haley also addressed the House impeachment inquiry against Trump during the CBS interview, likening it to a ‘death penalty’ and saying she does not think the president will be removed from office.  

‘You’re going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and — and giving money and it wasn’t withheld? I don’t know what you would impeach him on,’ she said.

‘Impeachment is, like, the death penalty for a public official. When you look at the transcript, there’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president.’

House Democrats launched the inquiry in September amid the revelation that Trump may have threatened to withhold $400million in military aid to the Ukraine unless its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, opened an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.  

Haley's new memoir, With All Due Respect, will be released on Tuesday

Haley's new memoir, With All Due Respect, will be released on Tuesday

Haley’s new memoir, With All Due Respect, will be released on Tuesday

The White House has repeatedly branded the inquiry as a ‘witch hunt’ spearheaded by ‘unhinged’ Democrats.  

Democratic lawmakers have said there is evidence that the president committed an abuse of power by trying to strong-arm the Ukraine into an investigation to hurt his rival and possible 2020 election opponent. 

Haley dismissed the idea that there was a quid pro quo in Trump’s dealings with Zelensky.    

‘The Ukrainians never did the investigation. And the president released the funds,’ she said. ‘I mean, when you look at those, there’s just nothing impeachable there.

‘And more than that, I think the biggest thing that bothers me is the American people should decide this. Why do we have a bunch of people in Congress making this decision?’

Haley also defended Trump regarding an inflammatory statement he made on Twitter over the summer, when he told four Democratic female members of Congress, three of whom were born in the US, to ‘Go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came’.

The politician, who herself is the daughter of immigrants, admitted that Trump’s words were ‘not appropriate’, before adding: ‘But I also can appreciate where he was coming from, from the standpoint of, don’t bash America over and over and over again and not do something to try and fix it.’ 

 The CBS interview and forthcoming memoir mark Haley’s first major public comments since she resigned as UN ambassador in October 2018. 

The former South Carolina governor said she has no immediate plans to run for office, but that remains a possibility in the future. 

‘A year is a long time in politics. It really is a lifetime in politics. And so, I think what’s best for me is take it a year at a time and see what happens,’ she said.      

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Teenager, 19, scales neighbour’s fence to steal his eight-year-old daughter’s cocker spaniel Penny

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A brazen teenager has been caught on CCTV scaling her neighbour’s fence in order to steal a cocker spaniel puppy.

Footage shows Shannagh Cookson staking out James Daniel’s property in Bradford, east Manchester before taking the pet-puppy during a broad daylight ‘dog-napping.’

The 19-year-old was filmed on a security camera snatching three-month-old cocker spaniel Penny, who belonged to Mr Daniel’s eight-year-old daughter, as the animal was sat in a portable kennel in the back garden.

During the noon raid on September 30, Cookson appeared to check the coast was clear before invading Mr Daniel’s property, grabbing the dog carrier and jumping back over the five foot high fence.

Cookson (pictured above) was urged to give the dog back but refused and has now been given a fine

Cookson (pictured above) was urged to give the dog back but refused and has now been given a fine

Cookson (pictured above) was urged to give the dog back but refused and has now been given a fine

She then appears to talk to Penny before running off with the carrier with the dog still inside it.

Despite being caught red handed, the teenager has since refused to return the dog, leaving Mr Daniel’s daughter ‘extremely upset’. 

The father-of-two, 49, who bought Penny for £600 discovered the theft when he arrived home from a trip to the supermarket.

Another cocker spaniel he owns called Molly watched the theft but was not targeted and was found running around in the victim’s garden.

Shannagh Cookson is seen above picking up the portable dog carrier with Penny inside and walking away with it

Shannagh Cookson is seen above picking up the portable dog carrier with Penny inside and walking away with it

Shannagh Cookson is seen above picking up the portable dog carrier with Penny inside and walking away with it 

Cookson claimed she gave Penny the dog (pictured above) away to a friend because she thought the pup was being mistreated

Cookson claimed she gave Penny the dog (pictured above) away to a friend because she thought the pup was being mistreated

Cookson claimed she gave Penny the dog (pictured above) away to a friend because she thought the pup was being mistreated

College student Cookson, from Bradford, East Manchester was later quizzed by police but she claimed she had given Penny away to a friend as she believed the dog was being ‘ill-treated.’

Penny has not been recovered despite Mr Daniel making repeated appeals to Cookson’s mother and father who live next door to him.

The CCTV was played at Manchester Magistrates Court, where Cookson admitted theft and was ordered to pay £600 compensation after refusing to disclose Penny’s whereabouts.

After the case Mr Daniel, a taxi driver, condemned the teenager’s behaviour as ‘shameless, wicked and cruel’ and added: ‘This incident has caused me and my children a lot of distress and now the lie that Shannagh is spreading about the dog being ill-treated is simply adding insult to injury.

Molly the dog (pictured above) had also been in the garden at the time and Mr Daniel said she has been left traumatised

Molly the dog (pictured above) had also been in the garden at the time and Mr Daniel said she has been left traumatised

Molly the dog (pictured above) had also been in the garden at the time and Mr Daniel said she has been left traumatised

Cookson was seen brazenly jumping over the fence before taking the dog from the garden

Cookson was seen brazenly jumping over the fence before taking the dog from the garden

Cookson was seen brazenly jumping over the fence before taking the dog from the garden 

‘I spent a lot of money on Penny that I had worked hard for. I bought her for my daughter and I’m so angry that a person who I know just took something that isn’t hers.  

‘It’s just so heartless, shameless and cruel how she brazenly jumped over my garden fence and stole my daughter’s puppy dog. The most troubling and annoying thing is that, this shameless rogue has stubbornly refused to tell police where she kept the dog or who she sold it to.’

He added that Molly is Penny’s ‘bosom friend and partner’ and that she hadn’t recovered from the shock at Penny being snatched.  

 ‘My daughter loves her dog and is really, really upset she’s been taken away. I keep on saying ‘don’t worry we will find her’ and she says: ‘Daddy please, try your best.’ But I don’t know where Shannagh is hiding the dog – I’m guessing it’s the home of a boyfriend. Everyone was so sad Penny has gone. She was fun and a very good puppy. She was starting to become part of the family.’

Mr Daniel said he doesn't want Cookson (above) locked up and he 'just wants his dog back'

Mr Daniel said he doesn't want Cookson (above) locked up and he 'just wants his dog back'

Mr Daniel said he doesn’t want Cookson (above) locked up and he ‘just wants his dog back’

Mr Daniel also said that Cookson’s mother had given him her daughters phone number after he presented her with the CCTV footage, and said she had been apologetic about the situation.

‘She was apologising, and condemning her daughter’s shameful act and begging me to quickly ring her mobile phone and ask her to return the stolen dog.

‘But I bluntly told her that, as a matter of principle, I would not phone Shannagh, but would hand over the mobile phone number to the police, which I did.

‘If a member of my family had stolen someone else’s dog, I would make sure and do everything possible to get that dog returned to it’s rightful owner. 

‘I don’t want Shannagh locked up – I just want my dog back safe. In the meantime I hope that Penny will remain a burden and destructive guest in the house where she’s being kept until she’s returned home to us.’

The court heard the theft took place at 11.30am on September 30 after Mr Daniel had gone for a walk.

Miss Martha Dowd prosecuting said: ‘In his back garden he left his two small cocker-spaniels Molly and Penny, one was free to walk around and one was locked in a carrier cage.

‘Mr Daniels was gone for an hour and when he came back he saw Molly running around but couldn’t see the carrier cage with Penny inside it as it had gone. He went out onto his street and asked some of his neighbours however no one had seen her, he searched the local area but could not find her.

‘He has CCTV cameras but at this time there was a power cut and he couldn’t view the footage. However later on he did view the footage and could see a young woman going over his back fence and taking the dog.

‘He recognised her and he has known her since 2008 when he moved in, he was neighbours with her and her mother and her father who they still live at the same address. On October 2 he attended the address her mother answered the door and he showed the footage on his phone, her mother said: ‘that is my daughter I’m sorry about this’.

‘He bought Penny in August 2019 and she’s only three months old. Shannagh has fully admitted to taking the dog and said she heard it crying, she was asked where the dog was she says she can’t get the dog back and refused to say where it was.

‘When asked how she would feel she said she would still take the dog as she said it was being treated badly.’

In mitigation defence lawyer Stephen Connor told the court: ‘In interview she accepted she had taken this dog and indeed she attended the interview on a voluntary basis. Throughout the course of her interview she raised real concerns about the health of the dog that she took and the health of other puppies that she says were in the back garden.

‘She has been open with me because she was that alarmed about the health of those dogs – the CCTV actually shows her on her phone trying to get through to the RSPCA but was being kept waiting.

‘In hindsight she accepts she took a foolish decision and she regrets that.. The dog was given to a friend the defendant is adamant that she hasn’t received any financial gain – you are dealing with a 19-year-old lady who had never even troubled the courts.’

Cookson was also ordered to complete a 12 month community order and 150 hours unpaid work and was told to pay costs of £85.

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Police searching for heavily pregnant mother and her two daughters release CCTV images

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Police have released haunting CCTV images of a heavily pregnant mother and her two young daughters who have been missing for more than two months.

Detectives are becoming ‘increasingly concerned’ for Hajar Mohammed, 35, who vanished with daughters Reem, eight, and six-year-old Marjam.

They were last seen at a Travelodge hotel in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, at around 5.30pm on September 10.

Police have released two CCTV images of Hajar Mohammed, 35, who vanished with daughters Reem, eight, and six-year-old Marjam (pictured together)

Police have released two CCTV images of Hajar Mohammed, 35, who vanished with daughters Reem, eight, and six-year-old Marjam (pictured together)

The trio were last seen at a Travelodge hotel in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, at around 5.30pm on September 10 (pictured)

The trio were last seen at a Travelodge hotel in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, at around 5.30pm on September 10 (pictured)

Police have released two CCTV images of Hajar Mohammed, 35, who vanished with daughters Reem, eight, and six-year-old Marjam. They were last seen at a Travelodge hotel in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, at around 5.30pm on September 10

Despite enquiries being made by Staffordshire Police’s Missing Person Enquiry Team, the family have not been found.

A police spokesperson said: ‘We are becoming increasingly concerned for a mother and her two children.

‘Detectives from Force CID are now investigating and want help to locate the family to ensure they are safe and well.’

Despite enquiries being made by Staffordshire Police's Missing Person Enquiry Team, the family have not been found. They were last seen at a Travelodge in Newcastle-under-Lyme (pictured)

Despite enquiries being made by Staffordshire Police's Missing Person Enquiry Team, the family have not been found. They were last seen at a Travelodge in Newcastle-under-Lyme (pictured)

Despite enquiries being made by Staffordshire Police’s Missing Person Enquiry Team, the family have not been found. They were last seen at a Travelodge in Newcastle-under-Lyme (pictured)

Ms Mohammed is described as being 5ft 3ins tall, of Middle Eastern appearance and was heavily pregnant when she was last seen.

She was wearing a beige head scarf and a black floor-length dress.

The spokesman added: ‘Marjam and Reem were last seen wearing matching clothing including a pink and light-grey rain coat, a grey t-shirt with unicorn details, light-blue jeans with a unicorn at the top of left leg and trainers that matched their coats.’

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Mother blasts school for casting her daughter as someone’s wife in school’s nativity production

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A mother  blasted her daughter’s school for casting her six-year-old as the ‘Inn Keeper’s Wife’ in the Nativity, claiming it is ‘sexist’.

Writing on British parenting site Mumsnet, the woman told how she was offended by the name of the role because her daughter ‘shouldn’t be identified by her relationship to a man’. 

The woman said she was ‘itching’ to take teachers to task over the example of ‘everyday sexism’ and said it needed to be ‘called out’.

Some agreed with the furious mother but others branded her a ‘snowflake’ and insisted she would be wrong to try and change the festive tradition. 

A mother was criticised by other parents after she blasted her daughter's school for casting her six-year-old as the 'Inn Keeper's Wife' in the Nativity. Stock image

A mother was criticised by other parents after she blasted her daughter's school for casting her six-year-old as the 'Inn Keeper's Wife' in the Nativity. Stock image

A mother was criticised by other parents after she blasted her daughter’s school for casting her six-year-old as the ‘Inn Keeper’s Wife’ in the Nativity. Stock image 

Writing on British parenting site Mumsnet, the woman told how she was offended by the name of the role because her daughter 'shouldn't be identified by her relationship to a man'

Writing on British parenting site Mumsnet, the woman told how she was offended by the name of the role because her daughter 'shouldn't be identified by her relationship to a man'

Writing on British parenting site Mumsnet, the woman told how she was offended by the name of the role because her daughter ‘shouldn’t be identified by her relationship to a man’ 

One wrote: ‘You want to change the Nativity? Of course it’s not unreasonable! Why not insist on Mary and Joseph walking instead of travelling by donkey because obviously they were vegan and would never put that burden on a poor animal.’

Another said: ‘It may have escaped your notice but the innkeeper doesn’t have a name either. What do you want her to be called? Susan? Margaret? Bethany? Maybe with stay-at-home mum and part-time stable hand and crib maker written next to it so she’s clearly not defined by being a wife?’

A third added: ‘I don’t see the issue here I’m afraid. The play is set over 2000 years ago when women were somebody’s wife.’ 

Another wrote: ‘For the love of f***, don’t be such a donkey. It might be 2019 but the Nativity is a “few” years old now. Maybe you’d like Jesus to be a girl? Maybe they could get Jo to book a few nights in a birthing suite on his phone.

‘And obviously if it was written now it would be three wise women as we all know that finding three wise men is like finding a needle in a hay stack!’ 

 

Many responses to the thread argued that the mother was being ridiculous and it wouldn't be historically accurate to change her daughter's role

Many responses to the thread argued that the mother was being ridiculous and it wouldn't be historically accurate to change her daughter's role

Many responses to the thread argued that the mother was being ridiculous and it wouldn’t be historically accurate to change her daughter’s role

However, others agreed with the mother that the school could think of other ways of describing the role.

One person wrote: ‘I see your point. Why not second innkeeper, or landlady? Something that’s not “male role = an actual role, female role = male’s dependent”. How did they cast? Did they consider a girl for the role of innkeeper? etc.’ 

Another said: ‘I don’t think you’re ridiculous at all. They could be ‘innkeeper’ or ‘innkeeper couple.’

‘How do people think this paints small children’s view of women? It’s all part of it. All of these little everyday positioning of women.’ 

Others agreed with the mother that making female children play the role of a wife would impact their view of women in society

Others agreed with the mother that making female children play the role of a wife would impact their view of women in society

Others agreed with the mother that making female children play the role of a wife would impact their view of women in society 

  

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