WASHINGTON - US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has rejected rumors of a sexual affair with President Donald Trump, describing the insinuation as "disgusting" and "highly offensive."
“It is absolutely not true,” Haley told Politico.
The rumors spread following the publication of an explosive book, Fire and Fury: A year inside the Trump White House, by journalist Michael Wolff, who said on TV last week he was “absolutely sure” Trump was having an affair.
The book, which details a turbulent first year in Trump’s presidency, has created an avalanche of controversy for the president and his administration.
Haley said Wolff had made a factual error in his book by claiming that Trump “had been spending a notable amount of private time” her on Air Force One.
“I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there.”
Haley also dismissed the notion that she has been “talking a lot with the president” in the Oval Office about her political future.
“I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him,” she said.
Haley has been married for 20 years and has two children. She was the first woman to be elected governor of South Carolina and currently serves as the US ambassador to the UN.
She said speculation that she had had an affair with the president was the predictable attack on a successful woman earning seats of power.
More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual assault and several more have accused the president of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Trump has denied all such claims and the White House has said all women making allegations against the president are lying.
A CNN poll last month showed that 61 percent of Americans said they believed the allegations against Trump were "mostly true," while only 32 percent dismissed the allegations as "mostly not true."
Haley had previously said that women who accuse Trump of sexual impropriety “should be heard.”