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Haley: "U.N. could benefit from fresh set of eyes"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 01:37

At her Senate confirmation hearing, Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador says she will take an ''outsider's look'' at the world body if confirmed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador echoed his condemnation of the world body's treatment of Israel at her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, although offering some praise for an organization the president-elect has disparaged. Nikki Haley, a rising star in the Republican Party. She turns 45 on Friday when Trump takes office and has been governor of South Carolina since 2011. In her opening remarks, Haley said, "the U.N. could benefit from a fresh set of eyes." Haley seconded harsh criticism by Trump and many of their fellow Republicans and some Democrats over the United Nations' treatment of Israel, especially a Security Council resolution last month demanding an end to settlement building. The United States declined to veto the resolution, a move Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as "shameful.' After the Dec. 23 vote, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the 193-member world body, warning that "things will be different" at the United Nations after he takes office, without offering any details. Several days later, Trump tweeted: "The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!" Promising to work with Congress to push for reforms at the world body, Haley said: "The American people see the UN's mistreatment of Israel, its failure to prevent the North Korean nuclear threat, its waste and corruption, and they are fed up." But she praised some U.N. work, including aid programs she said had helped millions of people, weapons monitoring and some of its peacekeeping missions, a departure from Trump's criticisms of the international organization.

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Haley: "U.N. could benefit from fresh set of eyes"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 01:37