Nikki Haley tells charity dinner they 'wanted an Indian, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test'

Nikki Haley tells charity dinner that they 'wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test' while Bill De Blasio and Andrew Cuomo are booed

  • Nikki Haley spoke during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner
  • Haley, who is Indian-American, poked fun at herself and Elizabeth Warren
  • Haley joked that Trump had confused Indian with Native American
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo's introductions met by boos

By Associated Press and Sara Malm For Mailonline

Published: 22:51 EDT, 18 October 2018 | Updated: 07:19 EDT, 19 October 2018

Nikki Haley poked fun at her Indian heritage and roasted both President Donald Trump and Senator Elizabeth Warren during a speech at a white-tie gala in New York on Thursday evening. 

The outgoing UN Ambassador joked that President Trump didn't know the difference between Indian and Native American, and managed to get jibes in about Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

While Haley appeared to bring the house down, both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were met by boos when introduced to the guests.

Roasting: During her speech at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Nikki Haley joked that Trump didn't know the difference between Indian and Native American
Roasting: During her speech at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Nikki Haley joked that Trump didn't know the difference between Indian and Native American

Roasting: During her speech at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Nikki Haley joked that Trump didn't know the difference between Indian and Native American

Appreciated: The outgoing UN ambassador was met with cheers and applause when she was introduced to the dinner
Appreciated: The outgoing UN ambassador was met with cheers and applause when she was introduced to the dinner

Appreciated: The outgoing UN ambassador was met with cheers and applause when she was introduced to the dinner

Haley delivers her keynote speech during the annual  white-tie dinner which raises money for Catholic charities in honor of the late Alfred E. Smith, former governor of New York and America's first Catholic presidential nominee
Haley delivers her keynote speech during the annual  white-tie dinner which raises money for Catholic charities in honor of the late Alfred E. Smith, former governor of New York and America's first Catholic presidential nominee

Haley delivers her keynote speech during the annual white-tie dinner which raises money for Catholic charities in honor of the late Alfred E. Smith, former governor of New York and America's first Catholic presidential nominee

'So I really am super excited to be at the Al Smith Dinner,' Haley, the keynote speaker at the event, remarked. 'As a member of the Trump cabinet it is a thrill to be out to dinner without being harassed.' 

Haley, who recently announced she was stepping down at the end of the year, joked that last year's event with 'boy scout' Paul Ryan was 'a little boring.'

'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,' said Haley.

'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!' quipped Haley.

'Actually the president called me this morning and gave me some really good advice. He said if I get stuck for laughs, just brag about his accomplishments,' she added.

Joker: Nikki Haley, who is born to Indian immigrant parents, joked about her own heritage and about Elizabeth Warren's claims of being part-Native American
Joker: Nikki Haley, who is born to Indian immigrant parents, joked about her own heritage and about Elizabeth Warren's claims of being part-Native American

Joker: Nikki Haley, who is born to Indian immigrant parents, joked about her own heritage and about Elizabeth Warren's claims of being part-Native American

Not as popular: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seen seated either side of Mary Ann Tighe, were reportedly met with boos when announced
Not as popular: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seen seated either side of Mary Ann Tighe, were reportedly met with boos when announced

Not as popular: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seen seated either side of Mary Ann Tighe, were reportedly met with boos when announced

Glamorous posse: Seated to the left of Ms Haley is Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and to her right, is her husband Michael Haley
Glamorous posse: Seated to the left of Ms Haley is Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and to her right, is her husband Michael Haley

Glamorous posse: Seated to the left of Ms Haley is Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and to her right, is her husband Michael Haley

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, center, acknowledges applause after her keynote address at the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner
Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, center, acknowledges applause after her keynote address at the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, center, acknowledges applause after her keynote address at the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

Got them all: The former Republican South Carolina governor joked about Trump, Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan
Got them all: The former Republican South Carolina governor joked about Trump, Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan

Got them all: The former Republican South Carolina governor joked about Trump, Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan

The former Republican South Carolina governor made the jabs at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, named after the former New York governor, who was the first Catholic to receive a major party nomination for president when he unsuccessfully ran in 1928.

The annual roast hosted by New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan draws luminaries from finance and politics and is often the last time two presidential nominees share the stage before election day.

Two years ago, Trump -  then the Republican presidential nominee and Democratic rival Clinton traded caustic barbs at the charity event meant to raise money for impoverished children.

At the time, Trump drew boos when he said of Clinton, 'Here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.' 

The Ambassador to the United Nations looked like she was having the time of her life, making the guests laugh during her speech on Thursday evening
The Ambassador to the United Nations looked like she was having the time of her life, making the guests laugh during her speech on Thursday evening

The Ambassador to the United Nations looked like she was having the time of her life, making the guests laugh during her speech on Thursday evening

Famous faces: Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, speaks with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during at the annual dinner
Famous faces: Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, speaks with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during at the annual dinner

Famous faces: Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, speaks with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during at the annual dinner

Center of attention: The top tables on the stage during the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner Thursday
Center of attention: The top tables on the stage during the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner Thursday

Center of attention: The top tables on the stage during the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner Thursday

Haley also joked about Clinton and how she conducted her 2016 campaign, quipping that Clinton would be going trick-or-treating 'everywhere' for Halloween 'except Michigan and Wisconsin'.

Haley was born Nimrata Randhawa to parents who had emigrated from Punjab in India to the United States. 

President Trump has long ridiculed Senator Warren's claim of Native American heritage by calling her 'Pocahontas.'

The Democratic senator from Massachusetts recently released DNA test results that genealogists say show she could be anywhere from 1/64th to 1/1024th Native American.

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