South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley easily won confirmation to be President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations Tuesday.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of confirmation, with just four senators — Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico — voting against her. It was a quick confirmation, and a striking reversal in fortune for a woman who loudly criticized Trump during the GOP primary and endorsed one of his rivals, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
The two-term governor faced questions from Democrats over her lack of experience with global affairs but won plaudits from senators for her handling of prickly issues like Russia and UN actions toward Israel during her confirmation hearings. She's the first woman to be confirmed to Trump's cabinet, but likely not the last; on Tuesday Elaine Chao's nomination as Transportation Secretary was passed out of committee, as well.
Unlike Trump's secretary of state pick, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Haley broke with Trump and repeatedly criticized Russia during her confirmation hearing.
"Russia is trying to show their muscle right now. It's what they do," she said. She added: "I don't think we can trust them. We have to continue to be very strong back, and show them what this new administration is going to be."
The U.S. envoy to the U.N. has warned that the Trump administration may take action against chemical attacks in Syria that bear "all the hallmarks" of President Bashar Assad's government if the U.N. Security Council fails to act.
Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the council at an emergency meeting Wednesday to immediately approve a draft resolution sponsored by the U.S., Britain and France that condemns and threatens consequences for the use of chemical weapons.
Holding up photos of victims of a suspected chemical weapons attack the day before that killed dozens of people, she accused Russia of blocking action.
She said Moscow had closed its eyes to the "barbarity" of previous chemical attacks by vetoing a resolution in late February that would have imposed sanctions on those responsible.
If Kim Jong Un wants to meet President Trump, he’s going the wrong way about it, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday after North Korea’s latest missile launch.
The missile appeared to have a significantly longer range than others North Korea has tested recently, analysts said, suggesting Kim’s regime had tested a new kind of rocket, perhaps a precursor to an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.
This latest provocation coincided with the opening of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, concerning Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious development project. This could encourage China to use its leverage over North Korea to stop the missile and nuclear tests, as Trump has been urging Xi to do.
“Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president because he’s absolutely not going to do it,” Haley told ABC News’s “This Week.” “Until he meets our conditions, we’re not sitting down with him.”
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday said new sanctions against North Korea are a sign that the international community is seriously addressing the threat of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
"It is time for North Korea to realize, we are not playing anymore," Haley said on Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo."
"A third of their trade exports have been hit, and we basically gave them a kick in the gut with a billion dollars of sanctions that they are going to begin to feel right away," she continued, adding that the measure "sends a really strong message."
The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday that would slap new sanctions on North Korea for its repeated ballistic missile testing and continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
"They can either respond by pulling back and saying that they are not going to be a part of this reckless activity anymore or they can see where it goes. And we'll continue to keep up the strength, and keep up the activity and make sure that we stop them," Haley said.