During his announcement of the pending resignation of United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump naturally praised her as he has done with all of the people who left his administration.
Trump focused on how friendly and likable Haley was at the UN. She "got to know all the players" according to the President.
But one compliment Trump paid to Haley is rubbing people the wrong way. When asked about Haley's successor, the President said many people wanted the job. Then he stated:
"I think she's helped make it a much better position, if you want to know the truth. I think it's become maybe a more glamorous position than it was two years ago."
"Maybe, I wonder why, but it is. I mean, she's made it a very glamorous position"
Watch the President's comments here.
Trump thanks Haley for making UN ambassador "a more glamorous position". https://t.co/FT7flLJSgi— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1539098208.0
Trump on Haley's effect on the UN Amb job: "I think it's become a much more glamorous position."— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1539097963.0
People picked up on the disparity of Haley's exit versus those of other administration officials of similar rank. Trump did not mention how glamorous Scott Pruitt made the EPA.
Trump saying Nikki Haley, a woman who fearlessly took on Putin, Assad and Rouhani, made the U.N. ambassador’s post… https://t.co/k4V7dzQaX1— S.E. Cupp (@S.E. Cupp) 1539098028.0
AND THEY WONDER WHY WE MARCH. Trump just thanked Nikki Haley, who is, whatever you think of her, a woman who has w… https://t.co/3prEjqc5x7— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly) 1539103772.0
@joshtpm https://t.co/r2G4GlDHMr— Susan Daniel (@Susan Daniel) 1539098604.0
@joshtpm The only way he values a woman is by her looks.— EU Queen FBPE (@EU Queen FBPE) 1539098392.0
@joshtpm I want the next secretary of defense to wear a bikini to work— Liam Kane (@Liam Kane) 1539100397.0
@joshtpm @Fishbooom https://t.co/vMg5kwHl5z— Scott Smith (@Scott Smith) 1539098739.0
@joshtpm In Trump's mind, there is no higher praise that he can bestow on a woman than that.— Cosmogony Turbine (@Cosmogony Turbine) 1539100881.0
@joshtpm “In the UN she’s a 10, but there isn’t much competition.”— I want nothing (@I want nothing) 1539104938.0
@joshtpm @realDonaldTrump Why “glamorous?” Because Haley is female? As a professional I’m sure she brought commitme… https://t.co/62Iacp8Vie— Rene Carvajal (@Rene Carvajal) 1539104570.0
@joshtpm Sexist Pig!! @realDonaldTrump— Kristi 💪💪💪💪🌊🌊🌊🌊🇺🇸💙#Resist (@Kristi 💪💪💪💪🌊🌊🌊🌊🇺🇸💙#Resist) 1539098505.0
@joshtpm Glamorous? It's the freaking UN Ambassador position. When was it decided that it needed to be glamorous?— Mary Rutledge (@Mary Rutledge) 1539103008.0
@msufans5 @joshtpm Welcome to trumpworld. Are you new here. Women are here to make things pretty and distract from… https://t.co/BilR47eANk— andsoitgoes (@andsoitgoes) 1539105409.0
Some recalled another UN ambassador.
@joshtpm That's a slam at Shirley Temple Black👎— John Carpenter (@John Carpenter) 1539106960.0
People were not pleased with an assessment of a woman's job performance being boiled down to how friendly she was and how glamorous she made the position.
Both men and women responded negatively to the assessment.
Trump won't name a Haley successor. "We have a number of people who would very much like to do it." He says Haley h… https://t.co/3bkejPGyu1— John Hudson (@John Hudson) 1539098102.0
.@realDonaldTrump says Nikki Haley made the job of UN Ambassador more glamorous. Why? Because she is a woman? Becau… https://t.co/bfQhYj3jLb— Patti Solis Doyle (@Patti Solis Doyle) 1539099090.0
Although some thought there may have been a specific reason for portraying the position as more glamorous after Haley. Although Ivanka Trump effectively stuck a pin in these rumors Tuesday evening.
@brianklaas As soon as Trump said Haley helped make the position more glamorous, my Nepotism Sense started tinglin… https://t.co/q16liTnwti— Pamela rhymes with Kamala OK not really but I wish (@Pamela rhymes with Kamala OK not really but I wish) 1539100900.0
@khinman @Acosta Trump calling it a "glamorous" position, Haley's comments on Jared being a "hidden genius," Ivanka… https://t.co/Jtoduxmc2U— Reva Goujon (@Reva Goujon) 1539110076.0
But most people just did not like the reference to Haley's appearance over her intelligence or other compliments related to her job performance. Being pretty or glamorous is not a job requirement for a UN ambassador and does not relate to how well Haley may have done her job.
Trump on Nikki Haley: “Shes made it a more glamorous position”— Mia Farrow (@Mia Farrow) 1539097982.0
@secupp Still with the misogyny— Karen Delaney (@Karen Delaney) 1539118666.0
@secupp Thank you. It was the same for me and was waiting for ANYONE to comment— @bjacobswein (@@bjacobswein) 1539118069.0
@secupp @RobGeorge It’s almost like he only sees women as objects or something...— Mike Sause (@Mike Sause) 1539115535.0
@Acosta i don't like to play the "gender" card BUT the word "glamour" would never be uttered had a male been involv… https://t.co/tZ4rh9LDtd— Jalon Fowler (@Jalon Fowler) 1539098277.0
@Acosta Because that’s what the US Ambassador to the UN should be GLAMOUROUS! 💄👠 So, now I’m thinking One of the Kardashians?— ProfHelen (@ProfHelen) 1539098721.0
@Acosta Trump thinks there's a swimsuit round at the UN.— James Miller (@James Miller) 1539098267.0
@Acosta Wow. It’s amazing how he can weave misogyny into virtually every circumstance.— TNWorkingMom 📢 (@TNWorkingMom 📢) 1539098756.0
@Acosta What a disgraceful little, little man! @realDonaldTrump never misses a chance to demean or minimize a woman… https://t.co/UdkLGFpOSA— Andrea Valentini 🇨🇦 (@Andrea Valentini 🇨🇦) 1539099978.0
Haley is slated to leave at the end of December. No successor has been named.