U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley poked fun at Republicans and Democrats during her speech at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a fundraiser for impoverished children. Elizabeth Warren and other high-profile politicians in a lighthearted speech on Thursday.
Several weeks ago, Trump announced that Haley would leave her post at the end of 2018.
"Actually, when the President found out that I was Indian-American, he asked if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren", she quipped. "If I get stuck for laughs just brag about his accomplishments", Haley said, to laughs.
Warren claimed Native American heritage when she applied to become a faculty member at Harvard University.
Indian-American Nikki Haley, the outgoing US Ambassador to the United Nations, has poked fun at President Donald Trump's inflated ego and his cultural ignorance, days after announcing that she would be leaving her position representing America at the world body.
Haley also made light of her role as America's ambassador in a joke about "the most important thing" she learned working under Trump.
Ms Haley recounted that as she prepared for the dinner - hosted by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and attended by the state's political elites - Mr Trump gave her some advice.
"Everyone in Washington called me with advice about this speech. So, good night everybody", she said to laughter from the crowd. The soon-to-be-ex-Trump-staffer also appeared to use the event to rebuke her boss' recent rhetoric on political opposition. In her keynote address, Haley joked about Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry, saying organizers had "wanted an Indian woman" but that "Warren failed her DNA test". "Actually I saw Jeff Sessions earlier today, but not in NY, I saw him on LinkedIn looking for a job".
"We're all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose [you]".
At the time, Trump drew boos when he said of Clinton, 'Here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics'.
"In the last two years, I've seen true evil", Ms Haley continued.