Russian Federation was 'certainly' involved in US Presidential polls: Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN 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.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week" and CBS's "Face the Nation", the former governor of SC, who was confirmed as ambassador in January, was unequivocal about Russia's meddling in last year's US election.

"We don't think we should wait till something happens", she said while addressing a press conference after assuming the role of President of the Security Council for the month of April.

Earlier on Tuesday, Haley had said that the US Cabinet will be in talks to "find its place to be a part of that [peace talks]", PTI reported.

Speaking in television interviews broadcast Sunday, Nikki Haley contended there is no contradiction between her tough stance and Trump's repeated public statements seeking to minimize Russia's role.

Meanwhile, Trump tweeted Sunday that the media should focus on leaks within his administration. She says she is "beating up on Russia" over issues such as its actions in Crimea and its dispute with Ukraine.

"Well, certainly, I think Russian Federation was involved in the election", said the 45-year-old.

Meanwhile, a House Intelligence Committee investigation into both Russia's apparent election meddling and Trump's surveillance claims has become deeply politicized, with the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., under scrutiny for his handling of the investigation, The Washington Post's Ashley Parker reports. "They get that we're getting our strength back, that we're getting our voice back and that we're starting to lead again, and, honestly, at the United Nations, that's the No. 1 comment I get is that they're just so happy to see the United States lead again".

The FBI has started its investigations into claims of Russia's direct involvement during the U.S. election. And I think we are generous by nature. "They need to show us how concerned they are".

"We need their pressure when it comes to dealing with ISIS, and we also need their pressure when it comes to dealing with China and North Korea", she told Raddatz.

"What we are going to do is say China, you know that you are the only one that is doing this".

Haley also undermined Trump's controversial tweets, including a recent one describing a scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as "a very hard one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits". "They need to put pressure on North Korea". What everybody is talking about at the United Nations is what is going to happen with North Korea? "The only country that can stop North Korea is China, and they know that".

Although Haley said she didn't trust Russian Federation or Putin, she conceded that the United States needed them to deal with bigger problems. "This is now down to do we want to continue to see these ballistic missile attacks from North Korea or does China want to do something about it?"

  • Leroy Wright