>> We are rapidly->> Nikki Haley has been an outspoken critic of Russia, often diverging from her own boss, President Trump. That disconnect taking an explosive turn this week, putting the UN ambassador in an embarrassing position and raising questions on who speaks for the administration on foreign policy matters.
Reuters UN correspondent, Michelle Nichols.>> She's been very strong on Russia from the start. She says that President Trump has never taken issue with anything that she said publicly on that and she herself believes that he is actually quite tough on Russia. But given that the previous Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, shied away from the cameras a little bit, it gave Nikki Haley an opportunity to really step into the spotlight and sort of lead on US foreign policy.
>> The President is->> But at times, her show of leadership hasn't been well-received, like this week when she announced new sanctions against Russia were imminent.>> Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday if he hasn't already.>> But those sactions didn't materialize. The new White House economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, said Haley was momentarily confused.
But she fired back, saying, quote, with all due respect, I do not get confused. Kudlow later apologized.>> It has since emerged that she was saying what she thought was correct at the time and that policy had changed and she hadn't been told.>> Critics say the showdown is yet another example of a communications failure within the White House and an administration with no Secretary of State and a National Security Advisor who has only been on the job for a week.
Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina, has taken on a bigger role than most UN ambassadors before her.>> Some of the diplomats say that they realize what she's saying is not targeted internationally. It's more targeted at a domestic audience, because they realize that she perhaps has some bigger ambitions in her career beyond this post.
>> How big? Some speculate all the way to the White House.