Nikki Haley has been doing a remarkable job at the United Nations. She has been increasing the presence and role of the United States while holding others accountable for taking advantage of the United States generosity in the past. Draining the swamp is not the only thing happening in Washington, D.C. it is happening in New York City now too.
When recent reports came out that a United Nations member was talking trash about the ambassador as well as the United States she did not take too kindly to them. And she fought back as a result. The Every Day Conservative reported,
“And who better to bring the president’s message in support of our ally Israel then our own U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who took to the podium inside the emergency called assembly, and forcefully delivered America’s response to those member nations aligned against the United States, warning them; “This vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N. And on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N. And this vote will be remembered.”
The threat by the U.S. Ambassador was measured and without any drama, however unmistakably clear, that this president will hold each and every negative vote cast by a member nation against the United States accountable. However speaking on a condition of anonymity, a Muslim diplomat told a Reuters reporter, “States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others.”
Haley didn’t hesitate to fire back: Haley shared Trump’s attitude on the matter. Trump knows who is holding all the cards and America finally has a leader strong enough to stand up for our nation: Haley made it clear before Thursday’s vote that the United States was “singled out for attack” because President Trump followed through on his commitment to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as prescribed by American law.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley told the 193-member General Assembly. She continued: “We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.””
A senior diplomat from a Muslim country, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of @nikkihaley's letter: "States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others." https://t.co/x86IDjiDyL
— Michelle Nichols (@michellenichols) December 20, 2017
Actually it is when a country is tired of being taken for granted.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 20, 2017
Referencing tomorrow's UN vote criticizing the US embassy move. In the words of the President, "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot." pic.twitter.com/eUGWD4cCBR
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 20, 2017
I don’t think Nikki Haley is too worried what people are going to think of her as a result. As the leader for the United States with the United Nations, she gets to work on partisan but mostly bipartisan issues concerning human rights. Which shows in the support that she gets. A new Quinnipiac University poll found that she had a 63% approval rating with American voters whereas President Trump had a 39% approval rating.
The Jerusalem Post reported,
“Haley’s approval reached across the divide as 75% of Republicans, 55% of Democrats and 63% of Independents responded in support of the former South Carolina governor. By comparison, self-identified Democrats responded to the poll in similar support of the Democratic leadership, at 56% for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 55% for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Overall, Schumer polled at 34% while Pelosi received a 30% approval rating. Schumer is one of 30 Jewish members of Congress.
Haley, seen as a steadying influence in an often tumultuous Trump administration, was an immediate shift in US involvement at the UN, opining that the body unfairly singles out Israel in its criticism. “The council must end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism,” Haley wrote in a June 2nd op-ed for The Washington Post. “When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong.”
In a September op-ed for The Jerusalem Post, she said it is time for UNIFIL, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, to confront Hezbollah in Lebanon and outlined changes the US helped implement “which will help disrupt Hezbollah’s illegal activity.” She has also taken a hard-line stance against Russia for its attempts to sabotage US elections, and the Syrian regime for its brutalities in the Syrian Civil War.
“The United States is locked and loaded,” Haley told the UN Security Council chamber after Syrian President Bashar Assad allegedly used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels in April. “When our president draws a red line, our president enforces a red line.” Last June, she embarked on a three-day visit to Israel, where she toured Gaza border communities, Hamas terror tunnels and IDF field hospitals treating Syrian refugees as part of “Operation Good Neighbor.”
At the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington in March, she received repeated standing ovations during her address. She spoke of the UN discouraging peace between Israelis and Palestinians by perpetuating an “illusion” that the existence of the Jewish state has caused the region’s conflicts and said she hoped to attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in May. “Like most Americans, I knew what the capital of Israel was,” she said. “To be more clear, I knew that Jerusalem was, is and will always be the capital of Israel.””
Haley has done a remarkable job at re-cementing the United States as a powerhouse in international politics. Moreover, in ensuring that the United States is not taken advantage of politically or economically in our generosity for others. Something that has been a key argument of the Trump administration.
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