Teresa Hanafin writes Fast Forward for the Boston Globe almost daily

She wrote about Nikki Haley’s new book and her defense of Trump.

Haley was on one of the cable talk shows and she said Trump should not be impeached because he did not get the Ukrainian president to hold a press conference and he did give Ukraine the money that Congress appropriated. This is akin to saying that a bank robber should not be charged with a crime if he didn’t get the money, and an attempted murder is not a crime because no one died.

She is not the “moderate” Republican that the press hoped for. She is a Trumper through and through. We know Trump admires loyalty above all else.

Nikki Haley, who’s either angling to replace VP Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket or positioning herself for a presidential run in 2024, took a whack at former chief of staff John Kelly and former secretary of state Rex Tillerson in her new book, which is out tomorrow.

She wrote that the two men, alarmed by some of Trump’s words and actions, approached her about joining them in trying to save Trump from some of his worst impulses and steer him toward more rational and reasonable decisions. Otherwise, Tillerson told her, some of Trump’s actions could cause people to die (um, such as Kurds?).

Haley chose to characterize their efforts as “undermining” Trump, substituting their judgment for his even though he was elected and they weren’t. “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,” she wrote about their attitude, evidently unaware that half the country agrees with them.

It’s interesting that she has revealed that concerns about Trump weren’t confined to mid-level officials; those who worked with him closely every day were alarmed. Yet this is the guy she has chosen to embrace.