In an interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, spoke about her feelings concerning the Middle East, Russia, China and North Korea. Raddatz started off the conversation by asking about the “Trump/Russian story” but Ambassador Haley said, “Well, Martha, I can tell you that things are very busy at the United Nations, and what I’m focused on is the chatter the international community is saying, not the chatter that is going on in DC.”
As Ambassador Haley spoke about other topics such as the US presence in the Middle East and how China needs to be more involved with North Korea, Raddatz pressed the issue again about US/Russian relations. Ambassador Haley summarized how her dealings with Russia involved the Crimea and Ukraine and how she has no problem calling out Russia if they did something wrong. She went on to state that the US needed Russia’s pressure when dealing with the Islamic State.
Raddatz pushed the issue again asking, “What do you think should happen to Russia for hacking into the US election, for trying to influence the US election.” Ambassador Haley replied, “First off, I think the facts need to come out, that the whole process needs to take place”. Raddatz, obviously not satisfied with the direction of Ambassador Haley’s answer, cut her off and said, “What facts haven’t come out? Seventeen intelligence agencies said they did that, do you believe them?” Ambassador Haley answered by saying, “Certainly I believe Russia was involved in the election. There’s no question about that and I think when they finish with all this process, yes, they need to address Russia, they need to act, and they need to make sure they’re loud about it. We don’t want any country involved in our elections ever.”
It was not understood what Raddatz implied by stating “hacking into the US election”. Raddatz did not identify any of the “seventeen intelligence agencies” as it was not clear who she was referring to, and what they may have said. Ambassador Haley’s response was equally as vague as she did not explain how Russia was involved in the US presidential elections and what effect they may have had. Although no specifics were given about Russian interference, media sources such as the AP headlined this ABC interview with words such as, “US ambassador: No question Russia meddled in election [sic]”.
fired broadsides against Russia and China. Ambassador Haley, started off by stating how she is focused has talked to Arab states and the Middle East