South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who is Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, recently discussed the “failures” of the U.N., reiterating comments made by Trump.
The U.N. has come under fire recently for its vote against U.S. ally Israel.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution barring Israel from settlement in occupied territories.
Both Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hoped the Obama administration would encourage U.S. veto of the resolution, but the U.S. abstained from voting altogether – allowing the resolution to pass.
And the U.S. Ambassador to Israel believes the administration and the U.N. Security Council colluded to allow the resolution to pass.
Israel has been a close U.S. ally for decades, and in her comments, Governor Haley marked the situation with Israel to be one of the U.N’s greatest failures.
Like Trump, Haley questions continuing U.S. support of the United Nations, and voiced the need for change in our relationship with the U.N.
The Hill reports:
“Nowhere has the UN’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel,” she said during opening remarks.
“Any honest assessment also finds an institution that is often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers … are we getting what we paid for?”
Following the vote on Israel, Donald Trump took to Twitter to voice his concerns and promised change in U.S. participation with the United Nations once he takes office.
The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
Haley did not voice the need for the U.S. to completely cut ties with the United Nations, however, she did state the institution needs serious repair.
The Hill reports on Haley’s comments:
Promising to “never abstain when the United Nations takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States,” she went on to question why America shoulders 22 percent of the body’s budget.
“At the UN, as elsewhere, the United States is the indispensable voice of freedom. It is time that we once again find that voice,” she said, going on to call for “fundamental changes” at the UN.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham of Haley’s home state of South Carolina have introduced a bill to restrict U.S. funding of the U.N. until the Israeli resolution is repealed.
Haley also used the discussion to defend her qualifications for the job as U.N. Ambassador.
The Hill reports:
“International diplomacy is a new area for me. There is much I am learning about the intricacies of the UN and its associated agencies … but diplomacy itself is not new to me,” she said.
“In fact, I would suggest there is nothing more important to a governor’s success than her ability to unite those with different backgrounds, viewpoints and objectives behind a common purpose.”
With Donald Trump taking office and a new administration in place, it will be time for the U.S. to re-examine its position in – and support of – the United Nations.