[image-1] CNBC reported this morning that Nikki Haley, the former S.C. governor and U.N. ambassador, is asking $200,000 for speaking engagements less than one month removed from her Trump administration job. Oh, and a private jet, please.

Back home in South Carolina, those single $200,000 speaking gigs are each the equivalent of more than four times the state’s median household income of $48,781 per year. And with a quick hop on a private plane, that compensation could actually be significantly more.

Haley has reportedly signed on with Washington Speakers Bureau, which would help book the engagements.

Of course, Haley isn’t the first once-and-future government official to charge top dollar to say a few words as a private citizen. During the 2016 campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was lambasted for raking in millions in speaking fees, along with her husband. Same with Obama and many other formerly powerful people now in private life. And that’s just the ex-government officials who were once charged with guarding the public interest.

Even among top speakers though, many powerful women seem to be paid less than powerful men — surprise.

For what it’s worth, Haley has not been in a position to pull in this kind of income until now. When she entered the Trump administration, she was reportedly the least-rich person in the group and is exiting with a good amount of debt, so her time on the speaking circuit could be a lucrative opportunity for her family.
[content-2] But unlike others who have rotated off the Donald Trump job wheel, Haley’s future is still TBD. The Donald will likely go on to be the 2020 GOP nominee, but if something should happen, Haley could be one of a few national Republicans positioned well to swoop in.

No promises, post-2016, but we probably won’t see former economic advisor Gary Cohn; former HHS chairman Tom Price; former advisor Sebastian Gorka; or the Mooch on any ballots soon.
[content-1] Funny enough, Haley and Energy Secretary Rick Perry (he’s still there!) may come out of this thing smelling the best.

Don’t worry though, Haley is just trying to get by in this crazy world, y’all, adjusting to normal civilian life things like not having anyone to press a button for you in the elevator to get to your government-funded Manhattan penthouse.


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