Haley Breaks With Trump: Russia Will Never Be a Friend of the United States


U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday that Russia is “never going to be our friend,” but offered support for President Donald Trump’s decision to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We don’t trust Russia. We don’t trust Putin. We never will. They’re never going to be our friend. That’s just a fact,” Haley told Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody.

Haley added that she backed Trump’s decision to meet with Putin in Finland last week.

“I think going to Helsinki and having the conversation was something that was a long time coming,” she said. “There were a lot of grievances that needed to be aired. There were a lot of challenges that we needed to discuss, and I think the president did that.”

Trump received a torrent of criticism from members of the media, as well as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, for seeming to be as ready to accept Putin’s denial of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race as the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that it did.

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The president clarified following the meeting that he has “full faith” in America’s intelligence agencies, including their findings concerning Russian attempts to influence the election. He noted that he has stated on multiple times over the past year he believes Russia sought to meddle, but does not believe it changed the outcome.

Asked about the summit Haley said, “I think what’s controversial is the words that he said, but to me the actions are the only thing that matters.”

She pointed to his decisions to arm the Ukrainians, conduct military strikes against Putin ally Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, and expel dozens of Russian diplomats.

In an interview with CNBC on Thursday, Trump stated,”Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia, is positive, not a negative.”

He added, “That being said, if it doesn’t work out, I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had.”

He, like Haley, emphasized the actions he has taken against Putin’s interests.

“Look at the sanctions I threw on. Look at the diplomats I threw out. Look at all of the things that I’ve done,” he said.

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Trump continued, “Nobody else did what I’ve done. Obama didn’t do it. Obama was a patsy for Russia. He was a total patsy.

“I have been far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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