"Actually, when the President found out that I was Indian-American, he asked if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren", she quipped.
(Haley was outspoken in the wake of the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 - making much stronger statements of condemnation than Trump on the matter.) Haley knows that when Trump leaves, the obvious inheritor of his political operation - and supporters - will be Vice President Mike Pence. And, somewhat amazingly, she emerged nearly entirely unscathed: Trump (and, therefore, his supporters) like her and her overall approval ratings with the general public are also quite good. "I saw him on LinkedIn looking for a job".
That was a reference to an embarrassing moment last month when Mr Trump boasted in an address to the UN General Assembly that his administration had accomplished more in two years than "almost any administration" in American history, prompting laughter in the chamber.
He later added, "I think I might prefer that, but we'll see". That's the process Haley began on Thursday night in NY.
Manafort to be sentenced in February; appears in wheelchair
Rosenstein vehemently denied the claim, and subsequent media reports also cast some doubt on the veracity of The Times' reporting. House of Representatives panels have accused the Justice Department of withholding documents in the probe.
After being introduced by comedian and emcee Jim Gaffigan, the M.C., as "the next president of the United States", Haley dismissed speculation about a 2020 run, telling the audience that it was "so ridiculous" and "way too early for anyone to be thinking about running for president-unless you're a Senate Democrat during the Kavanaugh hearings". "He said, 'Why don't you resign as United Nations ambassador?' You didn't tell me you were kidding!" Haley said. "I get it".
"Actually the president called me this morning and gave me some really good advice", she went on to say. Fact-checkers had not been able to verify her claims because they were based on "family lore".
Haley turned to de Blasio, who was seated near his fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the governor of NY, and reminded him that she has "diplomatic immunity" as a member of the United Nations delegation. "In our toxic political environment, I've heard some people in both parties describe their opponents as enemies or evil", Haley said.
Thursday night's speech was the first major public appearance Haley has made since she announced last week her intention to resign from her post at the end of the year.
On a serious note, Haley delivered a sharp rebuke of Trump's divisive politics, saying opponents are not evil.