By Dr. Patrick Slattery — We all know that the only reason Trump hired Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador was to get her to give up her job as South Carolina governor so that her Lieutenant Governor, Henry McMaster, a Trump supporter, would replace her. That happened two weeks ago, and incredibly Nikki Haley is still representing our country at the United Nations. She has even made a speech.
UN Ambassador Haley hits Russia hard on Ukraine – CNNPolitics.com
(CNN)The US Ambassador to the United Nations offered a strong condemnation of Russia in her first appearance at the UN Security Council on Thursday, calling on Moscow to de-escalate violence in eastern Ukraine and saying that US sanctions against Moscow would remain in place until it withdraws from Crimea.“The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea,” said Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s envoy to the world body. “Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.”Haley was speaking at an emergency UN meeting about a sudden upsurge in violence in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting the Ukrainian army. Her remarks were notable for the stark difference between her rhetoric and Trump’s.
On the campaign trail, the President hinted he might recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea. In the weeks before and after his inauguration, Trump’s refusal to condemn Russian hacking during the election and his attacks on the intelligence community for investigating those hacks raised questions about his ties to Moscow.Questions only deepened after CNN reported that the intelligence community was looking into reports that Moscow may have compromising financial and personal information about the President. Trump has insisted that he would simply like better relations with Moscow.…While Haley’s remarks echoed many speeches delivered by the Obama administration’s UN ambassador, Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told reporters that he thinks “there is a change in tone” with the new US administration. He added that he wasn’t surprised by Haley’s speech.…On Thursday, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called again for the US to provide weapons. “Vladimir Putin’s continued aggression against the people of Ukraine is outrageous, and further destabilization in the region will have profound negative consequences for us here in America,” Rubio told CNN.He noted that Trump’s new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis both advocated during their confirmation hearings for providing Ukraine with weapons to defend its sovereign territory.
“I hope President Trump will heed their advice,” Rubio said. “We must stand with the people of Ukraine during this difficult hour and make clear to Putin that relations will not improve until Russia respects Ukraine’s sovereignty.”