United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley faced a hostile crowd on Wednesday during the Women in the World summit in New York City. Haley had given a harsh critique of the Russian government regarding their support of Syria during a UN Security Council meeting after the chemical attack that killed over 80 Syrian civilians. However, the audience was less than welcoming.
Haley defended her work to the crowd, providing details regarding the Trump administration’s efforts to advance the global interests of American since she assumed the position of ambassador to the UN.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, Haley received a text message from another member of the UN Security Council related to her remarks on Russia in regards to the chemical attack in Syria earlier this week, which she shared with the audience:
“One of the text messages I got from the ambassador on the Security Council today was … ‘Thank you for what you said today. It’s so good to see America lead.’”
Haley followed up stating, “And that’s what we’re trying to do.”
While the comments were met with a round of boos from the crowd, the text message shows a change in direction when compared to that of the Obama administration. Critics often panned the previous administration for taking a “lead from behind” approach in regards to certain aspects of their foreign policy. One of the most notable was when the former president chose not to follow through on earlier pledges to use military intervention in Syria if chemical weapons were used.
During the summit, Haley also spoke of conversations between her and Trump, saying he, “very much sees Russia as a problem.” She continued, “I think if you look at his actions, you know, everybody wants to hear his words, but look at his actions. The two things that Russian doesn’t want to see the US do is strengthen our military and expand energy, and the president has done both.”
Haley went on to define her philosophy for global leadership during the summit stating, “The way you lead is to make sure they know what you’re for, they know what you’re against, and they never question where you are.” The statement is generally supported by her actions at the UN thus far.
Some of the criticism Haley received from the audience could be based on the makeup of the crowd. The Women in the World summit’s agenda featured many liberal feminist speakers, with many of the audience members attending to hear speakers like Hillary Clinton and Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.
However, Haley continued through with her interview regardless of any overt objections from the crowd. As reported by Yahoo News, at the completion of Haley’s interview, Tina Brown, founder of Women in the World, showed appreciation for the ambassador’s willingness to attend and how “graciously” Haley managed the heckling stating, “She didn’t get agitated about it, and she’s in the middle of a lot of world crises.”