Haley: "Anything that seems obsolete and not necessary, we're going to do away with"
Ex-South Carolina governor easily confirmed with little experience in world affairs
Nikki Haley, the new US ambassador to the United Nations, walked into UN headquarters for the first time Friday and promptly said, “For those who don’t have our backs, we’re taking names.”
The former Republican governor of South Carolina vowed there is a “new US UN.”
Haley told reporters, “Our goal with the administration is to show value at the UN, and the way to show value is to show our strength, show our full voice. Have the backs of our allies and make sure our allies have our backs as well.”
She then added, “For those who don’t have our backs, we’re taking names, and we will make points to respond to that accordingly.”
There have been reports the Trump administration is prepared to demand major cutbacks in UN agencies and personnel in slashing Washington’s financial contributions to the global organization.
France’s envoy to the United Nations, François Delattre, emphasized he had “only good things to say” about Haley.
But in response to reports the new administration may seek funding cuts for crucial UN programs, Delattre gave an analysis of America’s role at the international organization that demonstrated how dramatically the United States has pivoted since Trump’s election.
“As France’s ambassador to Washington in the early 2000s, my key message to the White House was basically, ‘Let us breathe. Don’t micromanage the world,’ ” he told reporters. “A few years later, our main message to the American administration is, ‘Please stay committed to world affairs, because we need America.’ “
Haley said, “This administration is prepared and ready to have me go in and look at the UN and everything that’s working. We’re going to make it better. Anything not working, we’ll fix, and anything that seems obsolete and not necessary, we’re going to do away with.”
Haley declined to take questions, departing to present her ambassador credentials to