A former top ally to President Donald Trump has now stepped down for the second time in less than two years.
Nikki Haley, who stepped down as United Nations ambassador in October 2018, took a seat on Boeing’s board of directors.
However, Haley resigned from her job on Friday, citing disagreement with the corporation’s decision to seek a federal bailout amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“Ambassador Haley informed the Company that, as a matter of philosophical principle, she does not believe that the Company should seek support from the Federal Government, and therefore decided to resign from the Board,” Boeing revealed in a statement reported by on NPR.
"I cannot support a move to lean on the federal government for a stimulus or bailout that prioritizes our company over others, " Nikki Haley wrote, resigning from Boeing's board over the company's efforts to obtain federal assistance due to the pandemic. https://t.co/3MpWZmu8kJ
— NPR (@NPR) March 21, 2020
NPR quoted from a resignation letter in which Haley offered a fuller explanation regarding her decision to step down.
“As we encounter the COVID-19 crisis, Boeing, along with many other companies, faces another major set of challenges,” she noted.
Haley stated that she wished “to be part of helping the company as it pushes through it. However, the board and executive team are going in a direction I cannot support.”
“While I know cash is tight, that is equally true for numerous other industries and for millions of small businesses,” she stated.
The former South Carolina governor went on to make clear that she “cannot support a move to lean on the federal government for a stimulus or bailout that prioritizes our company over others and relies on taxpayers to guarantee our financial position.”
Haley emphasized that this was not a new position for her, stressing, “I have long held strong convictions that this is not the role of government.”
As part of the administration’s response to combating the coronavirus, Trump has proposed a $1 trillion financial assistance package.
Around half of that would be allocated to individual Americans while the other $500 billion would be used for affected businesses in the form of secured loans. Ten percent of the aid would go to the airline industry, which has been particularly hard hit in recent weeks.
Rumors have been circulating for months that Trump is planning to pick Haley as his running mate in 2020.
However, both Haley and Trump have gone on record to say there’s absolutely no truth to it.
Back in November, Trump called into Fox & Friends for an interview and made it clear that Pence will be his running mate in 2020.
“Mike Pence is a great vice president. He’s our man, 100%,” Trump said.
“Mike Pence — I’ve seen this rumor that keeps popping up — and Nikki would be great, but Mike has done a phenomenal job as vice president,” Trump said. “He’s our guy, he’s my friend and, look, we have a great team. It’s been a very strong team.”
Haley has also publicly stated that she is not trying to be Trump’s running mate and that she supports Pence.
“Enough of the false rumors. Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support,” Haley tweeted late last year.
Trump sticking with Pence is not surprising.