Nikki Haley, the outgoing UN Ambassador, brought the house down with her speech during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie event that occurred on Thursday evening. Not only did she poke fun at herself, but she also roasted President Donald Trump and took some jabs at Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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Haley, who is Indian-American, poked fun at her own heritage and took a moment to joke that Trump wasn’t aware of the difference between Indian and Native American, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Acting as the keynote speaker, she largely kept a sense of humor throughout her speech.
“So, I really am super excited to be at the Al Smith Dinner,” said Haley “As a member of the Trump cabinet it is a thrill to be out to dinner without being harassed.”
Haley had joked that last year’s event was “a little boring” with “boy scout” House Speaker Paul Ryan at the helm.
“So, this year you wanted to spice things up again, right? I get it. You wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test.”
“Actually, when the president found out I was Indian American, he asked me if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren,” Haley added.
“Everyone in Washington called me with advice about this speech. They all said the same thing. Do not under any circumstances make any jokes about the president. So good night everybody!”
“Actually, the president called me this morning and gave me some really good advice,” she continued. “He said if I get stuck for laughs, just brag about his accomplishments.”
While Haley’s speech appeared to be well received, other guests weren’t so lucky. Both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio were met with boos during their introductions.