Newly minted U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor and once vocal critic of President Trump, had a message for the United Nations in her first remarks on Friday, “There is a new US/UN. You’re going to see a change in the way we do business.”
“It’s no longer about harder, it’s about working smarter”, Haley told reporters as she entered the U.N.’s headquarters in Manhattan. Haley continued by stating that America is committed to backing up their allies, but going forward will expect those allies to reciprocate in kind.
“Our goal with the administration is to show value at the UN and the way that we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure that our allies have our back as well,” she said.
“For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names, we will make points to respond to that accordingly, but this is a time of strength.” President Trump’s envoy said.
Looks like there’s a new sheriff in town, and his deputies are getting down to business at the U.N., as Nikki Haley laid down the law with the Trump administration’s new “America first” agenda. Haley made clear that President Trump intends to continue with the functions of the U.N. that are working effectively, actually improving upon them, but will also be fixing any portions that are obsolete or no longer needed.
“Everything that’s working, we’re going to make it better,” she said. “Everything that’s not working we’re going to try to fix, and anything that seems to be obsolete and not necessary we’re going to do away with.”
Despite Nikki Haley being an outspoken critic of Donald Trump during the primaries last year, particularly about his stance on immigration admitting that she was “not a fan” of his, Haley had accepted the offer to join the Trump administration as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in December of last year. Since then, Haley seems to be adapting to President Trump’s new foreign policies quite nicely, as she espoused the same pro-American values towards the U.N. that Trump had spoken about previously.
As the NY Post stated, U.N. members have nothing but good things to say about Nikki Haley as a person, but some are worried that America will not be as involved in world affairs under Trump as it has been in the past (meaning they’re worried the money train will stop, which it will).
France’s envoy to the UN, François Delattre, said he had “only good things to say” about Haley, CNN reported.
But in response to reports that the administration may push for funding cuts for crucial UN programs, Delattre gave an analysis of the US role at the UN that demonstrated how dramatically the country has pivoted since Trump’s election.
“As France’s ambassador to Washington in the early 2000s, my key message to the White House was basically, ‘Let us breathe. Don’t micromanage the world,’ ” he told reporters, CNN reported.
“A few years later, our main message to the American administration is, ‘Please stay committed to world affairs, because we need America,’” he said.
So if I’m understanding France’s UN ambassador right, they want America’s influence and funds, but not decisions made in the best interest of the American people.
Nikki Haley has been a rising star in the Republican party, even taking a role in the Tea Party movement, but had received some criticism for her lack of support for Trump during the election. Now, true to President Trump’s deal making form, a former critic has been turned into a valuable ally and is fighting for his America first agenda. That is the strategy, foresight and deal making capability that many in the mainstream media will just never understand.
Nikki Haley’s full statement can be viewed below: