If there is any remaining doubt that the U.S.-Israel alliance will improve under the incoming Trump Administration, the testimony provided to the Senate Foreign Relations committee yesterday by Governor Nikki Haley should remove all doubt. Governor Haley, currently serving her second term as Governor of South Carolina, has been tapped by Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and she is is ready to mix things up in the world’s biggest bureaucracy. Her testimony was the clearest sign yet that the incoming administration will take-on the status quo in New York.
Drawing a stark contrast to outgoing Ambassador Samantha Powers, who aided John Kerry in orchestrating the international betrayal of Israel, Governor Haley told senators “I will not go to New York and abstain when the U.N. seeks to create an international environment that encourages boycotts of Israel. I will never abstain when the United Nations takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States.” These words were a shot across the bow of liberal international elites who have been given free-reign under the Obama Administration.
Once confirmed, Ambassador Haley will face a myriad of international threats to America’s national security unparalleled since Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick stood-down Soviet communism under Reagan in the 1980s. From international collusion against the safety and security of our closest ally Israel, to the prospect of a nuclear Iran and a resurgent Russian aggression, international stability is increasingly threatened and America’s interests are caught in the cross-fire. Having Nikki Haley at the U.N. will send a strong signal that the Trump Administration will not be business as usual at the United Nations.
For decades, the U.N. has been heavily funded by the United States even while it has worked to undermine our interests. As Governor Haley told the Foreign Relations Committee, “We contribute 22 percent of the U.N.’s budget, far more than any other country. We are a generous nation. But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution.” The answer is that America has, in effect, funded opposition to its own interests for years.
As a native South Carolinian who is deeply involved in the politics of my state, I am encouraged by the nomination of Governor Haley to be U.N. Ambassador. I have watched my friend fight against special interests and entrenched bureaucracies in our state for six years. From taking on unions to the education establishment, Nikki Haley has not been afraid of a principled fight. I am confident she will carry this style to the United Nations and will upend the apple cart. She will fight to reverse these international schemes against our ally Israel, stand-down extremism around the world, and ensure that the United Nations is no longer a tool of international liberal elites hell-bent on undermining western civilization with funding from the United States government.
Having Nikki Haley at the United Nations, with the backing of an America-First Secretary of State and a President who isn’t inclined to issue perpetual apologies for America, is a recipe for reforming foreign policy. Governor Haley will ask the same question of the United Nations she’s consistently asked of every bureaucracy in South Carolina for the past six years “are we getting what we pay for?”