Former President Barack Obama’s United Nations Ambassador, Samantha Power, argued Tuesday on “The View” that former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is qualified enough to serve in the role but isn’t likely to be popular.
“I have had very constructive dealing with her since she was named to my team — they’re not my team anymore,” Power noted. “A group of civil servants are there who coached me through the early days and the early years. Fundamentally, I think she has run South Carolina well. She’s very popular in her state. The people at the UN are very excited about her. They like some of what she said in the hearing.”
While Haley drew some criticism from progressives who argued she had no foreign policy experience, it isn’t her background that might cause her to be unpopular at the UN.
“They’re anxious because they’re worried that the trump administration will turn its back on the UN,” Power revealed. “I’ve got to say, I was benefitted from the fact that Barack Obama was my president. You can be a very effective and even popular UN Ambassador if the policies of your government are ones that you can use to rally the world. So, fundamentally there’s only so much an ambassador can do.”
Power also agreed that she is concerned about Trump’s ties to Russia that are unknown to Americans. However, she argued that the United States does not have the sour relationship with Russia that Trump has alleged.
“We got 60 resolutions a year through the UN Security Council,” she said. “Set up peacekeeping missions, lots of ways to get along with Russia. When Russia supports a government that’s using chemical weapons against their own people and they interfere in our election and change the outcome of our election all bets are off.”
Watch the full exchange below:
Cartoon Chief Justice tells Susan Collins to just quit and ‘go become a lobbyist’ already
Cartoon Chief Justice John Roberts began the latest season of Stephen Colbert's animated show, which began its new season Sunday.
Facing the U.S. Senate, Roberts observed Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) dressed as a mouse.
"Oh no! Mouse in the chamber! Everybody forget this vote and run!" the cartoon senator said.
"Senator Collins, just go be a lobbyist," cartoon Roberts said.
As Roberts explained the rules to the chamber, Collins was then spotted spilling gasoline on the floor.
"Everyone, please remember, this is the United States Senate," Roberts said. "We must not degrade the sacred institution home to Strom Thurmond. Let us comport ourselves with dignity, prudence, and Senator Collins, what are you doing?"
Republican senator admits he didn’t know about Bolton’s confirmation of Trump’s bribery — but still doesn’t care
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) still doesn't necessarily believe that President Donald Trump should be convicted, even though former national security adviser John Bolton revealed a first-hand account in his unpublished manuscript.
"Well, didn't know that until a little bit ago," Braun told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt. "I think that's a discussion we'll have have to contend with and it'll be here in a couple of days. When it comes to additional information, I think for many of us -- and I need to cite this because where I'm from, as much as president infuriates maybe half the country, it would be the opposite. And it is a tricky combination like I told Chuck Todd this morning, between using your conscience and having to decide what the people in your state are wanting."
Dutch government offers first apology for WWII persecution of Jews
Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Sunday made the Netherlands' first government apology for the war-time persecution of Jews.
"Now the last survivors are still with us, I apologise today in the name of the government for what the authorities did at that time," Rutte said.
He was giving an address in Amsterdam in memory of victims of the Holocaust on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
Only 38,000 of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands survived World War II, but no government apology had been offered for the role the authorities played.