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Former Trump aides charging $200,000 on speaking circuit

Nikki Haley at podium.
Nikki Haley. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

President Trump’s former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and top economic adviser Gary Cohn are charging $200,000 for speaking engagements in the U.S., and Haley requires the use of a private jet, CNBC reports.

The big picture: Because she left the White House amicably — and is viewed as a future GOP presidential contender — Haley is raking in more than double the amount of other past Trump aides, like former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and former chief of staff John Kelly. Coupled with his White House work, Cohn's past experience on Wall Street as the president and COO of Goldman Sachs is allowing him to pull in higher amounts.

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John Kelly and 4 former DHS secretaries urge Trump to end shutdown

John Kelly
Former White House chief of staff John Kelly. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Five former Department of Homeland Security secretaries, including former White House chief of staff John Kelly, wrote a letter to Congress and President Trump Wednesday urging the two sides to restore funding to the agency to ensure that its "critical national security functions continue without compromise."

Why it matters: Kelly was chief of staff when the shutdown began more than a month ago. He and the other secretaries — Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson — join a chorus of other government voices, including the FBI, who have said that the government shutdown poses a genuine threat to national security.

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