Following a much-lauded speech on Israel at the American-Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) Conference, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, hit the Sunday show circuit and answered questions about foreign leaders' perceptions of President Trump’s erratic tweets.
“No one’s” discussing Trump’s tweets at the United Nations, even those related to international issues, told Haley to CBS News’ John Dickerson on Face the Nation.
“I think the foreign leaders are picking up the phone and calling him if they have an issue,” she explained. “And that’s what they’re doing with me. If they have an issue, they’re calling me. They’re not sitting there texting me and saying, ‘What was this tweet about?’”
When asked if she thought Beijing was paying attention to Trump’s latest tweets excoriating China for the U.S. trade deficit, Haley suggested she had no knowledge of Chinese state musings.
“You’d have to ask everybody else,” she stated. “I don’t hear about them. I don’t talk about them. I don’t have them interfere in everything that I’m doing. And so, to me, it’s chatter I don’t focus on. But, you know, you can talk to President Xi and ask him if he’s reading those tweets. I don’t know.”
Haley’s interview only got tougher following incisive questions about Trump’s protectionist tweets regarding China.
Striking a much different tone than the president, the ambassador was unapologetic in condemning Russia for its hostile behavior when she was asked about the ongoing congressional probe into the Kremlin’s election interference and hacking.
“Well, you know, I’ve always said we don’t trust Russia,” Haley said bluntly. “And I think we’re all aware that Russia was involved in the elections. And so, I’m not going to talk about who’s lying and who’s not. I know that that’s a very real thing.”
Haley, however, ultimately refocused the interview on reforming the corrupted United Nations following eight years of the Obama administration’s fecklessness.
American allies are “relieved” that the United States is “starting to lead again,” she proclaimed.