She doesn’t pull her punches.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addressed the U.N. today, regarding the recent chlorine gas attack on the rebel-held city of Douma, Syria.
And while Russia has deflected, called news of the attack “fake news,” and now seeks to place blame news of the attack on a “staged event,” even calling out Great Britain as being complicit in an elaborate ruse, Ambassador Haley is not flinching.
Today’s meeting of the UN Security Council was an emergency meeting called by Russia’s ambassador, as they seek to stave off any retaliatory attacks in Syria by the U.S.
At one point, Haley looks at the Russian ambassador and says:
“I’m in awe of how you can say what you say with a straight face.”
She further calls out Russia for their part in allowing such an atrocity to take place.
Haley on Syria attack: "We know who did this. Our allies know who did this. Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover ups. Russia was supposed to guarantee that Assad wouldn’t use chemical weapons, and Russia did the opposite." pic.twitter.com/Z3H18ycgs8
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 13, 2018
Absolutely perfect. Russia was supposed to be the safeguard in the region, but they are the villains.
Nikki Haley: "The world must not passively accept the use of chemical weapons… Everything the United Nations stands for is being blatantly defied in Syria… All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons." pic.twitter.com/Oynu6TRnae
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) April 13, 2018
And once again, she is correct.
To date, the Trump administration has said there are no plans to strike Syria, even though President Trump ignorantly signaled to Russia, by tweet, that missiles would be coming.
In the meantime, the situation in Syria remains tense, and neither side of the U.S. political aisle seems to have the stomach for a solution.