Nikki Haley is the victim of a classic smear against powerful women

Haley says she’s sure people will see the lies for what they are, but the truth is not so sunny. These kinds of rumors are pernicious, sticky. They follow women like clouds. As a UN ambassador, she has good reason to speak with the President, and there should be no reason why she shouldn’t meet with him alone. Now they may both hesitate, afraid of stirring up talk. And when women become a problem for a boss, there is always the possibility they will tire of the trouble and fire them.

The question here goes beyond Wolff’s spreading of rumors for which he has provided no proof. The more substantive one is why someone in the White House is trying to discredit the UN ambassador.