MEDIA/NIKKI HALEY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “During her two years serving in the Trump administration, Nikki R. Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations, managed to toe a tougher line on Russia than her boss, while also never straying from his good graces…By the time Ms. Haley left the administration nearly a year ago, she seemed to have perfected an almost impossible dance: distancing herself from some of the president’s most criticized positions while staying publicly loyal. She managed to leave both on her terms and on good terms with the president. It was a balancing act that did not go without notice, and Ms. Haley, a woman of color and a former governor of South Carolina, was widely seen as preserving her options for a return to politics, perhaps as a post-Trump presidential candidate.”

Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman, “After Keeping a Careful Distance From Trump, Nikki Haley Is All In,” The New York Times online, November 19, 2019