U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley / REUTERS

Archived: Did Russia Meddle in Election 'There's No Question' Says UN Ambassador

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has no doubt that Russia meddled in the United States election.


“Certainly, I think Russia was involved in the election. There’s no question about that,” Haley said on ABC. “And I think when they finish with all of this process, yes, they need to address Russia. They need to act.”

Haley addressed a common goal between the U.S. and Russia: to defeat ISIS. But as far as she’s concerned, “there’s no love or anything going on with Russia right now.”

Haley also reiterated that she does not trust Russian President Vladmir Putin a view sharply different from that of Trump, who has expressed respect for Putin on multiple occasions.

While Haley has doubled down on a tough stance against Russia, host Martha Radditz questioned Haley on the president’s seemingly warm relationship with the nation: “How does the U.S. maintain its role as the moral conscience as the world to use your words this week if the president won’t condemn what’s happening inside Russia”

“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, has not once ” Haley said.

“But he isn’t beating up on Russia,” Radditz pressed. “Should he be beating up on Russia”

“I am,” Haley said.

“So he doesn’t need to” Radditz asked.

“He is not stopping me from beating up on Russia. He is not stopping me on how we’re working together to defeat ISIS,” Haley answered.

“The president has not disagreed with one thing I’ve said, and that means he supports everything I’m saying, and I’m going along with everything this administration believes in,” Haley added.

Later, while discussing holding Russia accountable in other foreign affairs, Radditz said, “You talk tough. But again, doesn’t President Trump have to start talking tough”

“He has his people talking tough, and that’s what we’re doing, is right now we’re saying whatever we need to say,” Haley answered. “Look, he’s the president, he can say what he wants whenever he wants. But the direction we’ve gotten is to do our jobs, make sure that the United States is strong, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Haley said that the U.S.-Russia election controversy has not been a topic of conversation during her work with the UN.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the FBI have launched an investigation into the potential meddling at the hands of Russia. Michael Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser,has offered to testify regarding the United States’ investigation in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Flynn, a retired U.S. Army veteran, resigned from the White House after misleading officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the extent of his ties to Russia. Flynn reportedly spoke on the phone numerous times with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The president tweeted that Flynn is right to ask for immunity a request that is being treated with “a very healthy skepticism,” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), top Democrat for the House Intelligence Committee, told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Meanwhile, the Senate intelligence’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), said it is not even an option at the moment.

“We are not ready to consider that,” Warner said over the weekend. “We are not even publicly acknowledging that he has contacted us.”

Warner also confirmed last week his firm belief that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

“Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a deliberate campaign carefully constructed to undermine our election,” he said.

Schiff on Sunday also said he believes the president is trying to divert attention away from the Russia investigation.

“You can say a lot of things about the president, but one thing you can’t say is, he’s not subtle,” Schiff said. “And I think his tweets tell the story, and the story is, ‘Look over there, at leaks, and look over there, at anything the Obama administration, we can claim did wrong, on incidental collection, or anything else. But whatever you do, under no circumstances, look here, at me or at Russia.'”

Trump on Sunday seemed to be doing exactly that, at which time he tweeted about leaks and surveillance.

“I would tell people, whenever they see the president use the word ‘fake,’ it ought to set off alarm bells,” Schiff said.

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