She was always called “Nikki” by her Indian American family; that meant “little one.” But her presence was far from “little” this week at the United Nations Security Council. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley boldly confronted Russia and Syria, staring down the Russian ambassador in a moment that went viral. “How many more children have to die before Russia cares?” she asked the Russian ambassador in front of the world. You can watch below:
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) April 6, 2017
And then later that night, the former South Carolina governor, appeared at the Women of the World Summit in New York City. There she revealed a text message that she received from another member of the U.N. Security Council, “Thank you for what you said today. It’s so good to see America lead,” the text reportedly read. Haley went on to the Summit to describe what it means to lead, “The way you lead is to make sure they know what you’re for, they know what you’re against, and they never question where you are.”
It’s no wonder Nikki Haley has had such positive influence with President Trump. His actions against Syria have gotten mostly favorable responses from many leaders in the world. It is a dramatic shift from the previous administration’s “lead from behind” approach. President Obama was harshly criticized for his lack of action on Syria. Many Western nations, including Turkey, have supported the Syrian strike. But Russia and Iran condemned it as an “act of aggression.” Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said he hopes the “provocation will not lead to irreparable damage.”
Those who oppose President Trump at the United Nations will not have a “little one” to overcome. The world saw why this first woman and American Indian governor in South Carolina has risen to a place of world influence. She’s got “big” courage and a bold approach. What do you think about her confrontation with the Russian Ambassador?