Nimrata "Nikki" Haley is U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011. From 2011 until 2017, she was the Governor of South Carolina. Haley has no significant foreign policy experience.
|2015.07.09||South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signs a bill removing the Confederate battle flag from the capitol. nbcnews.com |
The bill follows the shooting of nine churchgoers by a white supremacist who was convicted of murder.
|2016.01.12||South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's response to Obama's state of the union address is viewed as veiled criticism of Trump's polarizing rhetoric. cnn.com|
|2016.02.29||Nikki Haley calls on Trump to disavow the support of white supremacists and Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke. nytimes.com (See also Racism)|
|2016.12.15||The Boston globe lists 13 high ranking members of Trump's cabinet who are staunch opponents or who have fought against LGBT rights. bostonglobe.com (See also Homophobia, LGBTQIA, Presidential Transition, Mike Pence, Ken Blackwell, Michael Flynn, Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price, Betsy DeVos)|
The individuals are, Mike Pence, Tony Perkins, Ken Blackwell, Kay Coles, Ken Klukowski, Ed Meese, Betsy DeVos, Tom Price, Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson, Michael Flynn, Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo.
|2016.24.11||Trump chooses Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina, to serve as US ambassador to United Nations. theguardian.com (See also United Nations)|
|2017.01.24||Nikki Haley confirmed as new U.S. envoy to the United Nations washingtonpost.com |
South Carolina governor and rising GOP star wins some Democratic backing.
|2017.01.27||Nikki Haley outlines her vision for the role of the US at the United Nations: "Our goal with the admin is to show value at the UN and the way that we will do that is to show strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure our allies have our back as well," Haley said. "For those who don't have our backs, we're taking names." nbcnews.com (See also United Nations)|
|2017.01.31||Trump's pick for ambassador to the United Nations criticizes Iran for testing a long-range ballistic missile. businessinsider.com (See also United Nations)|
|2017.02.03||Nikki Haley makes reform of the United Nations' far-flung peacekeeping operations a top priority. sfchronicle.com (See also United Nations)|
|2017.02.03||U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blamed Russia for the recent surge of violence in eastern Ukraine and warned Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia will not be lifted until Moscow returns Crimea to Kiev. uk.mobile.reuters.com (See also United Nations, Russia, Revi)|
|2017.02.10||Nikki Haley blocks the appointment of Salam Fayyad, former Palestinian prime minister, for a senior U.N. position as envoy to Libya in a move intended to signal U.S. support for Israel and its defense of the position that there is no Palestinian state. nytimes.com (See also United Nations, Israel)|
|2017.02.13||Nikki Haley responds to North Korean ballistic missile launch with a statement at the U.N.: "We call on all members of the Security Council to use every available resource to make it clear to the North Korean regime, and its enablers, that these launches are unacceptable." The phrase "enablers" refers to China and is seen as an unusually public criticism. cnn.com (See also United Nations, North Korea)|
The print statement issued by new US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on North Korea's missile launch was more notable than the UN Security Council action on the launch.
|2017.02.16||Nikki Haley issues a statement on Israel following a security council meeting at the United Nations:. "I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias." unwatch.org (See also United Nations, Israel)|
|2017.02.16||U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley says U.S. upholds longstanding policy on Israeli-Palestine conflict, contradicting Trump's position on two-state solution. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Rex Tillerson, Israel)|
|2017.02.24||Russia vows to veto sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons, prompting a rebuke from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. uk.reuters.com (See also United Nations, Syria)|
|2017.03.09||Nikki Haley rebuffed a proposal from China that the U.S. “apply the brakes” to an escalating standoff with North Korea, saying “positive action” was required before it would engage with the “irresponsible” Kim Jong Un. washingtonpost.com (See also China, North Korea)|
|2017.03.15||In her first interview as United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley breaks with the White House, saying, "We should never trust Russia." She also reverses her vehement opposition to Trump's Muslim Ban, saying it is not about religion. today.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.03.16||The U.S. delegation to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women assembled by Ambassador Nikki Haley includes the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), a group that supports the criminalization of homosexuality. hrw.org (See also United Nations, Homophobia, LGBTQIA)|
|2017.03.17||Nikki Haley and other world leaders condemn a report issued by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia claiming that Israel is imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians. The report is pulled and Under-Secretary General Rima Khalaf resigns. reuters.com (See also United Nations, Israel)|
|2017.03.29||Nikki Haley describes the U.S. as the “moral conscience” of the world, calls the U.N. Human Rights Council “so corrupt” without offering evidence, and says the U.S. would never close its doors to foreigners who flee persecution, even as she defended Trump’s Muslim Ban. nytimes.com (See also United Nations, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.03.29||U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley says Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is a "big hindrance in trying to move forward" to find an end to the country's six-year conflict; "the U.S. and Russia could definitely talk." reuters.com (See also United Nations, Syria)|
|2017.03.30||Nikki Haley and Rex Tillerson say the U.S. diplomatic policy on Syria is no longer focused on making the war-torn country's president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power. This puts the Trump administration at odds with European powers. reuters.com (See also United Nations, Syria, Rex Tillerson)|
|2017.03.31||Steven Groves, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's chief of staff, advocates severing relations with the U.N. Human Rights Council, pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, and refusing to cooperate with the International Criminal Court. nytimes.com (See also Foreign Policy)|
|2017.04.03||Nikki Haley says Trump will pressure China to respond to ballistic missile launches by North Korea. reuters.com (See also China, North Korea)|
|2017.04.17||Nikki Haley says: "The president has not once called me and said 'don't beat up on Russia,' has not once called me and told me what to say. I am beating up on Russia." politico.com (See also Russia)|
|2017.06.27||The White House issued a statement Monday evening threatening to exact "a heavy price" in response to a potential chemical attack by the Syrian government, but senior national security officials were caught off guard and had no idea a statement was coming that threatened military action - a major step. nbcnews.com (See also Administration Errors, Syria, Department of State, Rex Tillerson)|
|2017.08.08||Trump's retweet of a Fox News story claiming US satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat raised concerns after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated that the information in the report is classified and was leaked. cnn.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, North Korea)|
President Donald Trump's retweet of a Fox News story claiming US satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat is raising eyebrows on Tuesday after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated that the information in the report is classified and was leaked.
|2017.12.10||Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard." nytimes.com (See also Women, Misogyny, Legal Issues, United Nations)|
|2018.04.16||Donald Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.” washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Russia, Foreign Policy)|
Trump conferred with his national security advisers and told them he was upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them.
|2018.04.16||Donald Trump rejected a fresh round of sanctions set to be imposed against Russia, a course change that underscored the schism between the president and his national security team, including the president’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, who had already announced that the administration would place sanctions on Russian companies found to be assisting Syria’s chemical weapons program. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.06.14||Talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington’s demands, activists and diplomats say, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the Geneva UN Rights Forum. reuters.com (See also Foreign Policy, Reversals, United Nations)|
|2018.06.19||The US formally announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council. buzzfeed.com (See also United Nations, Mike Pompeo, Reversals)|
|2018.10.09||Donald Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador, and she will exit at the end of the year. axios.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Foreign Policy)|
|2018.12.06||Donald Trump plans to nominate Heather Nauert, a former Fox News anchor and the chief State Department spokeswoman, to become his next ambassador to the United Nations, replacing Nikki Haley. nytimes.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals)|
Past ambassadors to the UN have either been diplomats and international scholars or prominent politicians.
ON SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS:
The nomination of Haley to the United Nations is seen by some as indicative of Trump's attitude toward the United Nations. Her lack of experience in foreign policy as well as Trump's dismissive tweets about the United Nations suggest that he does not see value in American participation in that body.
For example, in an opinion piece in Forbes on Nov. 23, 2016, Charles Tiefer writes, "Trump has picked Nikki Haley to serve as U.N. Ambassador for two reasons. One is to highlight that he is giving a Cabinet-rank and highly visible post to an Asian-American woman. Trump’s other reason is to show his contempt for conducting foreign affairs through the U.N. in particular and multilateral organizations in general."
During Haley's confirmation hearing on Jan. 18, 2017, the Washington Post reported:
Haley questioned the priorities and effectiveness of the world body, which Trump has called a toothless debating society, but said she intends to “fix” what doesn’t work.
“I have no problem calling people out,” Haley said.
The United Nations is “often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers,” Haley said, adding that she would use the “leverage” of potential cuts in U.S. funding to demand reform.
“We contribute 22 percent of the U.N.’s budget, far more than any other country. We are a generous nation,” Haley said. “But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution. Are we getting what we pay for?”
ON WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH:
One of the first acts of the Trump administration was to re-institute, with the full support of Nikki Haley, the "global gag rule," a policy that blocks U.S. financial assistance for any international organization that funds abortion. In an opinion piece on February 2, 2017 on Rewire, Gillian Kane says:
If former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's track record is any guide, we can anticipate she will advance the Trump administration’s ambition to eviscerate access to the full range of reproductive choices, both at home and globally.