Nikki Haley puts allies and enemies on notice on first day at United Nations

Nikki Haley puts allies and enemies on notice on first day at United Nations
UN Ambassador-designate, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made a startling statement to the press about the country’s friends and foes on her first day at the United Nations as the U.S. ambassador Friday.

She made a short statement to the press at the United Nations, and took no questions afterward.

“I will tell you that we have hit the ground running,” Haley began.  “We talked to the staff yesterday and you are going to see a change in the way we do business. It’s no longer about working harder, it’s about working smarter.”

And we have a fantastic team at the U.S.-U.N. that is ready to prove that. Our goal with the administration is to show value at the U.N., and the way 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.

For those who 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, this is a time of action, this is a time of getting things done. And this administration is prepared and ready and have me go in, look at the U.N., and everything that’s working we’re gonna make it better. Everything that’s not working we’re try and fix. And anything that seems to be obsolete and not necessary, we’re going to do away with.

She finished with, “this is a time of fresh eyes, new strength, new vision and a great day.”

Criticizing the United Nations was a campaign favorite for Trump during the primary, but Haley appears to have made it part of her mission to “educate” him on the importance of the organization, while increasing our influence there in order to advocate for U.S. interests more. This is in stark contradistinction to former President Obama’s deference to the United Nations, to which he released $500 million during his exit from the Oval Office.

Haley was a critic of Trump during the primaries, but later shifted her criticism to the Republican party for failing to listen to voters and precipitating the rejection of the party.

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