Ms Haley, during remarks at the 2018 Alfred Smith Dinner in New York, lightly mocked the president for getting laughed at at the UN General Assembly last month — a spectacle that both she and the president said was intentional. She later joked about the president's ongoing feud with Senator Elizabeth Warren.
“The president called me this morning and gave me some good advice, he said if I get stuck for laughs just brag about his accomplishments. It really killed at the UN, I’ve got to tell you,” Ms Haley said on Thursday night.
The outgoing ambassador was recalling a moment during the president’s UN speech when delegates laughed at him boasting that his administration had, in two years, “accomplished more than almost any in the history of our country”.
Mr Trump later suggested that he had intended to get some laughs out of the boast. Ms Haley backed him up later on, supporting the president’s supposed foray into stand-up comedy.
After that joke, Ms Haley then turned her attention to Ms Warren, who recently released the results of a DNA test that strongly supported the existence of Native American ancestry from six to 10 generations ago. Mr Trump has repeatedly mocked Ms Warren with the nickname for “Pocahontas” for her having claimed previously that she has Native American ancestry.
“I get it, you wanted an Indian woman but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test,” Ms Haley said in New York. “Actually, when the president found out that I was Indian American he asked me fi I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren”.
Ms Haley announced last week that she is resigning from her UN post, effective at the end of the year. She has since claimed that she has no ambitions to run for president in 2020, and it was not immediately clear where her future ambitions lie.
The outgoing ambassador is said to have a close working relationship with the president, even though they have disagreed on certain international matters.
After her resignation announcement, Mr Trump praised the ambassador, saying she has “done a fantastic job”, and that she is a “fantastic person”.