Nikki Haley resigns as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

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    Nikki Haley Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

    President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, has resigned, ahead of what Mr. Trump promised on Twitter on Tuesday was a “Big announcement” with Ms. Haley at the White House.

    Ms. Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, had been an early and frequent critic of Mr. Trump, so when he named her the envoy to the world body weeks after his election in November 2016, the appointment was seen as an olive branch.

    The daughter of immigrants from India, Ms. Haley favored free markets and global trade and earned international attention for speaking out against the Confederate battle flag in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston. During Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, she sharply criticized his demeanor and warned what it might mean for American diplomacy — even suggesting that his tendency to lash out at critics could cause a world war.

    As ambassador, Ms. Haley was an outspoken and often forceful envoy — someone whom foreign diplomats looked to for guidance from an administration known for haphazard and inconsistent policy positions. She was quick to voice her own opinions on the big policy issues that are high on her agenda, like Iran and North Korea. And she has cast herself as someone who can sway her mercurial boss on issues like Russia sanctions, refugee resettlement and the value of the United Nations itself.

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    Poll suggests Haley could be formidable challenger to Trump

    A conservative anti-Trump organization has good news for Nikki Haley’s 2020 presidential aspirations — even if she professes not to have them.

    Haley is the strongest potential primary challenger to President Donald Trump, according to a poll funded by the group Defend Democracy Together.

    The survey, which polled likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa as well as Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, found that nearly half — 47 percent — would consider another option to Trump in 2020. Of those polled, Haley topped the list among the probable early state voters, with 52 percent saying they would consider her as an alternative to Trump. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who announced on Tuesday that she is resigning her position at the end of the year, also had the smallest percentage of respondents — 25 percent — say they would not consider her at all.

    “There’s a universe of people who might run in 2020 who are, for lack of a better word, more moderate candidates,” said Matt Kalmans, co-founder of Applecart, the firm that conducted the poll.

    But Haley, he said, was able to pull both moderate and conservative voters, “which would make her formidable.”

    Both Applecart and a spokesman for Defend Democracy Together declined to provide the names of the other potential 2020 primary challenges they polled, but Kalmans said Haley was the only candidate a majority of respondents said they would consider supporting as a Trump alternative. Applecart’s survey was conducted Sept. 18-23, before Haley announced her resignation. The firm reached approximately 1,200 likely Iowa caucus-goers and approximately 1,200 Republican and nonaffiliated New Hampshire primary voters by phone, and the results carry a 2.8 percent margin of error.

    While Haley’s resignation sparked speculation about another run for office, the former South Carolina governor said definitively in her resignation letter and again in the Oval Office on Tuesday that she will not be a candidate for political office in 2020.

    “No, I'm not running for 2020,” Haley told reporters while sitting next to Trump. “I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”

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    Don't Call Nikki Haley a Moderate. She's an Extremist on Israel, Iran, and Human Rights.

    “MODERATE REPUBLICAN.”


    That was how the New York Times referred to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, on Tuesday, in a tweet announcing her shock resignation from the Trump administration.

    Such a description beggars belief. There is nothing “moderate” about the right-wing Republican and former South Carolina governor, who went “from Trump critic to Trump envoy” in 2017. Nor has there been any evidence of moderation from her since arriving at the U.N., whether on issues related to diplomacy, human rights, or international law.

    Was Haley, after all, a “moderate” when she told the Christian Broadcasting Network in May 2017 that the Western Wall belonged to Israel, and thereby broke with the longstanding U.S. government policy of not taking a position on the status of the holy sites in Jerusalem? “It was an early instance of Haley’s role as a smoke signal for a significant Trump administration shift in U.S. policy,” noted the New York Jewish Week.

    Was Haley a “moderate” when she threatened that the United States would be “taking names” of U.N. member states if they dared to vote against the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017? “As you consider your vote,” she wrote in a letter to her fellow U.N. ambassadors, “I encourage you to know the president and the U.S. take this vote personally.”

    Was she a “moderate” when she was beating the drum for war with Iran in front of an audience of neoconservative hawks at the American Enterprise Institute in September 2017? Haley’s address was riddled with errors and falsehoods, from claiming that “Iran has been caught in multiple violations over the past year and a half” (it hadn’t) to suggesting that the deal “wasn’t supposed to be just about nuclear weapons” (it was). The AEI speech was “dishonest in key ways,” Ilan Goldenberg, who served as the Iran team chief in the Pentagon under Barack Obama, told me last year.

    Was she a “moderate” when she announced the withdrawal of the United States from UNESCO, the U.N.’s educational, science, and cultural organization in October 2017, calling it a “chronic embarrassment” that helped the Palestinians at the expense of the Israelis? Remember: Even the Bush administration buried the hatchet with UNESCO back in 2002. And the opening line of the U.N. organization’s 1945 constitution — “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed” — was penned by the American poet and diplomat Archibald MacLeish.

    Was she a moderate when she was leading the U.S withdrawal from the U.N.’s New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in December 2017 because the U.N.’s “global approach” is “simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty” and “our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone”? Even the New York Times itself reported “that the American absence was significant and could impact the agreement’s effectiveness.” The paper quoted U.N. Secretary General António Guterres as saying: “Countries have the right and even the responsibility to determine their own migration policies, and to responsibly manage their borders. But they must do so in full respect for human rights.”

    Was she a “moderate” when she responded to the killing of 62 Palestinians in a single day in Gaza in May 2018 by praising Israeli “restraint” and then walking out of the U.N. Security Council chamber as the Palestinian ambassador began making his statement? Or when she was defending the United States’ decision to cut all funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in August 2018, by citing the “endless number of refugees” and complaining that “the Palestinians continue to bash America”? Even Israeli defense officials have expressed concerns over the cuts to UNRWA funding.

    Was she a “moderate” when she was withdrawing the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council in June 2018, because of its “chronic bias against Israel”? Or when she suggested that leading human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch’s attempts “to block negotiations and thwart reform” contributed to the U.S. decision to withdraw from the council? Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau told the BBC it was “preposterous” to suggest that rights groups were undermining attempts to reform the UNHRC and that Haley “was taking a page out of the book of some of the worst governments around the world.”

    Was she a “moderate” when she was defending the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in June 2018 — a policy described as “child abuse” by the president of the American Association of Pediatrics? “Neither the United Nations nor anyone else will dictate how the United States upholds its borders,” Haley defiantly declared.

    To call Haley a “moderate” is to empty that word of all meaning or import. Rather, she is, as I have written elsewhere, a darling of the neocons, a belligerent anti-Iran hawk, and a blind defender of Israeli crimes. On Monday, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the U.N. sat next to the president in the White House and delivered her own Trumpian resignation statement, claiming in defiance of both the polling evidence and what we all saw with our own eyes at the U.N. General Assembly last month, that Trump had forced the rest of the world to “respect” the United States.

    “Haley’s tenure was an unmitigated disaster for the cause of human rights and international law,” Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders and former president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, pointed out in a tweet on Wednesday. “The campaign, already well underway, to rebrand her as a sensible foreign policy centrist will make MBS’s PR tour look like amateur hour.”

    Will this rebranding work? For now, she is a “moderate Republican,” according to the paper of record. We can only hope it won’t stand, and that history books, as the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted on Wednesday, “will remember Nikki Haley as a key player in the Trump administration’s campaign to undermine universal human rights and international bodies.”

    What has happened to our discourse? And to our political coverage? Extremists are recast as moderates; the abnormal is normalized. To borrow a line popularized by conservatives since November 2016: “This is why Trump won.”

    Source: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/11/nikki-haley-resigns-un-ambassador/
     
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    Nikki Haley The Face Of Trump's Least Popular Policies On Global Stage
    During her time as the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley oversaw the United States' gradual withdrawal from the world stage.

    As President Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has been the face of some of Trump's most unpopular decisions on the global stage.

    Probably the most notable of these was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. embassy there, a move which alienated the Palestinian faction at the UN.

    Haley's handling of the Gaza border protests also proved controversial, after the U.S. tried to insulate Israel from being blamed for the deaths.

    Haley also presided over the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Paris climate change accord. Both decisions were widely condemned by the international community and seen as rejections of working with the international community.

    All of this has pretty much been in lockstep with the administration — a position Haley made clear she'd have when she made her first speech to the United Nations as ambassador.

    Despite this steadfastness with Trump's administration, there were still some moments where the two didn't quite connect — specifically when it came to pushing back against Russia.

    A good example of that was in April, when Haley announced new sanctions against Russia were incoming. Not long after, the White House contradicted Haley, saying they were only under consideration.

    Source: https://www.newsy.com/stories/haley-face-of-trump-s-least-popular-policies-on-global-stage/
     
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    Nikki Haley Accepted Private Flights From GOP Donors While In Office; IG Investigation Requested

    Nikki Haley’s resignation from her position as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday overshadowed a Monday report from watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that called into question Haley’s acceptance of a series of free private luxury plane flights from three South Carolina businessmen and GOP donors.

    Haley listed seven private plane flights in the “gift” section of her 2018 financial disclosure, claiming an exception from ethics regulations by claiming she has a personal relationship with the South Carolina residents who provided the flights.

    CREW sent a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General to investigate whether the gifts were eligible for such an exception, noting all three men supported Haley’s gubernatorial campaign at one point.

    Noah Bookbinder, CREW executive director, said the free flights saved Haley significant amounts of money compared to what she would have spent on private flights.

    “By accepting gifts of luxury private flights, Ambassador Haley seems to be falling in line with other Trump administration officials who are reaping personal benefits from their public positions,” Bookbinder said in a statement. “Our ethics laws are clearly written to prevent even the appearance of corruption and improper influence.”

    A spokesperson for CREW on Tuesday said the organization doesn’t have any information that would lead it to believe Haley’s sudden resignation was related to the call for an ethics investigation.

    The three South Carolina businessmen mentioned in the letter are Jimmy Gibbs, Smyth McKissick and Mikee Johnson, and all three have contributed to GOP officials directly and through their own companies.

    The report notes that McKissick’s company — Alice Manufacturing in Pickens County, S.C. — gave $32,000 in support of Haley’s gubernatorial campaigns, directly and through South Carolina nonprofit organization The Movement Fund.

    McKissick has given more than 100 individual contributions to GOP candidates and causes — including $12,600 in individual contributions to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — and his company has given $83,700 to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign (R-S.C.).

    Gibbs, founder of Gibbs International — a textiles manufacturer and equipment dealer in Spartanburg, S.C. — has made nearly 50 contributions to GOP candidates since 1989, including seven contributions to Graham, ranging from 2001 to 2015 and totaling $13,400. He also gave $10,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2004 and $1,750 to then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015.

    Mikee Johnson, former CEO of Cox Industries — an Orangeburg, S.C. wood treatment company that recently sold after 66 years of family ownership — has been less active as an individual contributor. He has given to GOP causes a handful of times, including three contributions to the Republican Party of South Carolina for a total of $13,500.

    Additionally, McKissick and Johnson both volunteered to help Haley fundraise for her re-election campaign in 2013.

    Source: https://www.opensecrets.org/news/20...s-while-in-office-ig-investigation-requested/

     
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    She's easy to hate. Like a high-handed substitute teacher who's a c*n*.
     
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    Lucky for you, the rules of logic in Underwood’s universe only apply to me. Otherwise, that comment would make you a terrible misogynist. I suppose I’m also a misandrist since I think Lindsey Graham is a d!ck.
     
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    According to the rules of logic in your universe, voting for a woman who is a Harvard educated doctor makes a person a misogynist that doesn't like "highly capable women"

    And no, I don't think the use of the word "c*nt" automatically makes a person a misogynist. But since you disingenuously called me one, I figured I'd turn the tables on you.
     
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    Hillary Clinton: the most qualified candidate to ever run for president, male or female. Certainly more qualified by light years than Jill Stein would ever be. Not to mention smart enough not to trust Putin and the Russian government.
     
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    You're certainly entitled to that opinion, but it doesn't mean everybody else shares it. IMO, policy positions are what determine how qualified a candidate is, and Hillary was simply on the wrong side of the issues I believe in too many times. I also don't see how Stein trusted Putin and the Russian government, but whatever. The fact that I voted for a woman is proof enough that I'm not a misogynist. The reasons I dislike Hillary have nothing to do with her gender and everything to do with her policies. I don't support men with her positions either.
     
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    Some of my best friends are highly capable, highly qualified, ambitious women.
     
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    Such a lame argument, and based on absolutely nothing. A misogynist is not going to vote for a woman if he hates them.

    For the millionth time, it was not Hillary's gender that was the problem, it was her policies. A man who held those positions wouldn't have gotten my vote either.

    I know women who didn't vote for Hillary either. I suppose they all secretly hate themselves, huh?
     
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    Well, what do you know...

    So is it ever okay to not support women? I used to think your criteria was that Democratic women were off limits, but then you posted that article bashing Cynthia Nixon. And you clearly hate Jill Stein and Susan Sarandon, so apparently it's okay to bash highly capable, ambitious progressive women, as well as conservative women. Just not moderates.

    I'm glad somebody died and made you the arbiter of all things misogyny.
     
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    Is anyone else thinking "since when are Cynthia Nixon, Susan Sarandon, and Jill Stein 'highly capable' when it comes to politics and elected office?" Certainly none of them are remotely qualified compared to Hillary Clinton.
     
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    At least they're activists trying to make a difference, as opposed to supporting unnecessary wars, threatening to send back refugee children, and not supporting universal healthcare.

    You supported corrupt, moderate/conservative Dems like Andrew Cuomo and Joe Manchin over their female Democratic opponents. Should I accuse you of being a misogynist for that?
     
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    As well as the DNC's pied piper strategy, primary rigging, Hillary's "public and private" positions, lack of campaigning in the rust belt, support for the TPP, etc.

    Don't forget the people who didn't vote at all because Hillary promised them nothing and Obama didn't deliver what he promised. It's about time Dems took their share of the blame.
     
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    The Trump Administration: Brought to You Courtesy of 77,000 Idiots in 3 States. All of Whom Just Happen to Be Third Party Voters.
     
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    Or maybe the "idiots" are the Dems who wrote off the working class in favor of moderate Republicans, which is exactly what Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton did.

    But I wouldn't expect anything less from "proud Goldwater girl" and former Republican Hillary Clinton.
     

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