After former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and known UN-skeptic John Bolton was named President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Nikki Haley was asked if Bolton would step on her toes.
“I know John Bolton well, I’ve gotten advice from him, I’ve talked to him, I know his disdain for the UN — I share it,” said Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, in a talk at Duke University Thursday night.
“Russia is never going to be our friend — but having said that, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to work with them. We work with them when we need to and we slap them when we need to,” she said. “This president has actually done more against Russia than any president since Reagan.”
Stephen Gent, a UNC political science professor focusing on international relations, said Haley replaced a more experienced Samantha Power.
“Nikki Haley, before this, was governor of South Carolina, so her main interest was state-level politics,” he said. “(Power) has had more foreign policy experience than Nikki Haley. Traditionally, the UN ambassador has been someone who has tended to have more previous foreign policy experience.”