Nikki Haley’s curtains at her official residence as ambassador to the U.N. price the Trump administration greater than $50,000, The New York Occasions reported.
The curtains have been put in at a time when the State Division was dealing with funds cuts and Rex W. Tillerson, the administration’s first secretary of state, had frozen hiring.
Tillerson defined the cuts have been mandatory because the State Division funds in 2016 had risen to virtually $55 billion, which was “simply not sustainable,” Newsweek reported.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, lifted the hiring freeze this previous spring.
A spokesperson for Haley stated plans to purchase the curtains have been made in the course of the Obama administration in 2016, and that the U.S. ambassador had no say within the matter, The New York Occasions reported.
The curtains price $29,000, whereas a motorized opener for the curtains price an extra $22,800, however Patrick Kennedy, a State Division official underneath the Obama administration, defended the acquisition by claiming they have been wanted for leisure and safety.
“All she’s bought is a part-time maid, and the power to open and shut the curtains shortly is essential,” he stated, in line with the Occasions.
Obama White Home aide, Brett Bruen hit again by questioning the explanations behind the acquisition.
“How are you going to, on the one hand, inform diplomats that fundamental wants can’t be met and, alternatively, spend greater than $50,000 on a personalized curtain system for the ambassador to the U.N.?” he requested, in line with the Occasions.
The worth of Haley’s curtains far exceeds the $31,000 spent to buy a eating room set for the workplace of Ben Carson, the secretary of the Division of Housing and City Improvement.
Carson initially instructed CNN he was “shocked” by the furnishings’s exuberant price ticket and stated he had cancelled the order.
The controversy virtually led to Trump axing Carson from his place, the Occasions stated.