South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley departed sharply from President-elect Donald Trump on several foreign policy issues on Wednesday and told senators that as United Nations ambassador she would not hesitate to disagree with her boss. This was reported by the Washington Post.
She expressed skepticism about working with Russia. She also said she has yet to have a detailed conversation with Trump about the U.S. relationship with Moscow.
“Russia is trying to show their muscle right now. It’s what they do,” Haley said. “I don’t think that we can trust them,” she added. “We have to continue to be very strong back and show them what this new administration is going to be.”
She said she agrees that Russia invaded and seized Ukrainian territory in 2014 and that U.S. and international sanctions were an appropriate response. She said she would consider additional sanctions, something Trump has suggested he may oppose.
Haley said she believed Russia’s bombing in Aleppo, Syria, constituted a war crime.
Earlier it was reported that US Ambassador to the UN called to keep anti-Russia sanctions
Samantha Power called Russia a threat and said that relaxing sanctions will only encourage it to act the same way.