No question Russia meddled in US election: US ambassador Nikki Haley

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says Syrian President Bashar Assad is "a war criminal" who has been an obstacle to peace for years - but she says the United States isn't ruling out cooperating with him to defeat the Islamic State extremist group. "We very much think that we should be proactive in the way that we are seeing tensions rise and conflicts start to bubble up and so we want to see if we can be a part of that", Haley said.

"This administration wants to see them act", Haley said.

"We don't want any country involved in our elections ever". And I think the answer to the question is this effort to point the Congress in other directions, basically say, 'Don't look at me, don't look at Russian Federation, there is nothing to see here.' You know, I would tell people, whenever they see the President use the word 'fake, ' it ought to set off alarm bells.

The administration of US President Donald Trump will continue "beating up on Russia" in the wake of Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential vote.

"As for the president, he comes to power with the people's assent through elections, and if he leaves, he leaves if the people demand it, not because of the judgment of the United States, the UN Security Council, the Geneva Conference or the Geneva Communique", Assad said.

"We don't need yet another investigation".

".This overlooks the tragic reality that the Syrian people can not decide the fate of Assad or the future of their country when they are being slaughtered by Assad", he added. "We know the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at it from their perspective".

China has supported the six sanctions resolution but Haley said it needs to fully implement the sanctions - as do other United Nations member states. "They need to show us how concerned they are". While China provides diplomatic and economic support to its neighbour, it claims that its influence over Kim Jong Un's government is limited.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006.

"We called them out on what they did with Ukraine", Haley told Raddatz.

Also last month, North Korea state media said the country had conducted a test of a high-thrust engine that would help achieve world-class satellite launch capability, indicating the test was of a new type of rocket engine for long-range missiles. "The only country that can stop North Korea is China, and they know that".

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, however, said he doubted that Beijing will cooperate.

"I've been working on the North Korea problem since 1994", he said.

But they agree on two things: She seems intent on shaking things up as she assumes the rotating chair of the Security Council and she's not afraid to use undiplomatic language.

Haley, Peskov, McCain and Carter appeared on ABC's "This Week," Haley also was on CBS' "Face the Nation", Schiff spoke on CNN's "State of the Union", and McConnell appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and NBC's "Meet The Press".

  • Leroy Wright