A good rule of thumb for world leaders, don't mess with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. In light of the attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Great Britain, Haley had a dire warning on Russia. Speaking to the U.N. Security Council here is what Ambassador Haley said.
"If we don't take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used. They could be used here in New York, or in cities of any country that sits on this Council. This is a defining moment.”
Haley went on.
Haley is right. Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has returned to its old KGB ways. At this moment, Russia continues to back Syria and Bashar Assad, who has used chemical weapons on his own people. Under Putin, Russia has continued to act like thugs, vetoing multiple attempts to hold Assad responsible. Yes, the Russians meddle in the 2016 election and have launched cyber attacks on multiple countries throughout the world. Those actions are important and should be condemned and have consequences. However, those measures by Putin seem inadequate to the atrocities of murdering and poisoning those who oppose the Russian tyrannical state.
Here are Haley's exact comments.
I have not always agreed with President Trump and have been critical of how he conducts himself in office. The one thing that the President did well is appoint Nikki Haley to this post. Great leaders use both strong action and powerful words. Haley is that type of leader.
She understands how authoritarians operate. Ambassador Haley sees the world not through rose colored glasses, but how it really is. From day one, she has understood Russia and has rightly been critical of the lack of action by the U.N. Ambassador Haley is a picture of Reagan’s foreign policy philosophy of peace through strength. If you want to see how a strong woman and leader operates, look no further than Nikki Haley.