Nikki Haley: Trump is 'not stopping me from beating up on Russia'

Mr Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, also offered tough talk on China on Sunday, saying on ABC's This Week that the U.S. was pressing China to take a firmer stand regarding North Korea's nuclear program.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley appeared to defend Donald Trump's use of Twitter, saying the President's social media outbursts were not interfering with her job.

In her comments on Monday, Haley said the U.S. can be frank with countries it has good relations with on issues such as human rights.

Haley, the former Republican governor of SC, said Trump is letting her chart her own path at the United Nations.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Moscow, on orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin, meddled in last year's presidential election in an effort to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state.

Continuing on Syria, the Ambassador said "we also have obviously the extremism, ISIS, and trying to counter that. And so I hope that over time things settle down and one sees more clarity and consistency here", Carter told Raddatz.

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

In a separate interview on CBS, Haley said world leaders weren't anxious about Trump's habit of making pronouncements, including on foreign policy, via Twitter. "I can tell you that in my dealings with Russian Federation in particular at the United Nations, we beat up on them because we thought that what they did with Crimea and what is happening in Ukraine is wrong".

"We can confirm Secretary Tillerson spoke today by telephone to Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi regarding this week's visit of President Xi and other issues of bilateral and regional importance", the spokesman said.

"At the end of the day, the only one that North Korea is really going to respond to is China", Haley said.

China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who also reportedly opposed the broad usa proposal, told reporters: "I think we can find a way out". "There are not any dynamics that would portray anything other than that, and I've enjoyed working with all of them".

Haley has been a leading voice on the US administration's foreign policy, in contrast to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who has held a low profile. "But there's no love or anything going on with Russian Federation right now".

"You pick and choose your battles", she said. "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?"

"Look, he's the president", Haley added.

The goal of Trump's meeting with Xi "is to make sure China shows that they are gonna act on North Korea", Haley told reporters at the briefing.

  • Leroy Wright