Surprise! Murphy Comes to Defense of Republican UN AmbassadorSeptember 14, 2018
The junior senator is opposed to President Trump and his administration, but defended UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in a tweet on Friday.
On Friday morning, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) tweeted something he doesn’t usually tweet on a day-to-day basis: a defense of a Republican.
Here’s the backstory: on Friday, The New York Times published a story with the headline: “State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Nikki Haley’s Residence.”
Some liberals on Twitter seized on the story, but reporters quickly pointed out that the Times story itself points out that “[a] spokesman for Ms. Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration.”
1/ A word on the false meme bopping around about @nikkihaley’s $52,701 curtains. NYT story notes in 6th paragraph, “A spokesman for Ms. Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Ms. Haley had no say in the purchase, he said.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 14, 2018
That’s where Murphy comes in. The senator, not one to hold back in his criticism of the Trump administration, tweeted Friday that people should not be “too outraged” about the story. He added, “Not everyone is Scott Pruitt”:
Be careful about getting too outraged about the curtains in Haley’s apartment or Pompeo’s military base housing. Seem to be good explanations for these decisions. Not everyone is Scott Pruitt.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 14, 2018
Murphy voted for Haley’s confirmation. Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate 96-4.
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