U.S. ambassador calls for 'very strong' stance on Russian Federation

Haley told Fox News that the biggest surprise since her arrival two months ago, is what she called the U.N.'s "anti-Israeli bias", citing meetings on the Middle East that focus only on the Jewish State.

Haley, during an event last week at the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations, argued in favor of bringing human rights to the Security Council.

Haley said Trump respects Putin, but doesn't trust him.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley wants to schedule the human rights debate for April 18, but the council adopted a program of work for the month without putting it on the agenda.

As recently as Saturday, Trump derided investigations into Russia's involvement with the 2016 election and members of his campaign team as "the phony Russian Federation story".

"President Trump has agreed, and this administration agrees, that Russia's involvement in Ukraine is wrong", Haley told host Martha Raddatz.

Haley, who resigned as governor of SC when the Senate approved her nomination in January, has been a quick learner in her new arena, observers say, who has brought a blunt message from the Trump administration to the worldwide diplomats at the world body on several issues. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't.

Haley said Friday the United States focus is on negotiations in Geneva aimed at ending the more than six-year Syrian conflict, though that could change.

Her statements came just days after both she and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stirred controversy when they said the US was no longer trying to remove Assad from power and may work with him to help fight the Islamic State. "We don't need yet another investigation".

"We believe it's very important that we talk about human rights, and the administration has been very supportive of me talking about human rights", she said.

Haley told reporters on Thursday that the plan has changed, and the United States' "priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out".

"How does the usa maintain its role as the moral conscience of the world ... if the president won't condemn what's happening inside Russian Federation?"

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the U.S. this week to meet with Trump, U.S. officials have spoken strongly of the need for China to do more to pressure North Korea to comply with United Nations resolutions.

In her remarks, Haley blasted China for not doing enough to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

China, one of the permanent, veto-holding members of the Security Council, is North Korea's traditional defender and economic lifeline.

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Petr Iliichev took issue with the premise of the proposed debate saying "a general statement that worldwide peace and security are threatened by human rights violations is not true". Among other issues on Haley's agenda is also North Korea's ballistic missile tests, which will be discussed in a special session on April 28th with the participation of USA secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The role won't enable Haley to snap her fingers and get whatever she wants on the discussion agenda.

  • Leroy Wright