Monday, April 3, 2017

U.S. Takes Turn Atop UN Security Council

Some pundits predict United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley will one day run for President, but for a month, at least, she will be, of the 15-Nation UN Security Council.

Ambassadors take up the post each month, and April fell to Haley. While the former South Carolina Governor, who so far has been outspoken in her brief tenure in New York, said she is supposed to remain somewhat guarded as the Leader of the 15-Nation Council, she told a packed news conference Monday that should would always be "a transparency gal."

The role won't enable Haley to snap her fingers and get whatever she wants on the discussion agenda. While Haley is pressing for a Human Rights discussion April 18th, two other permanent Members, Russia and China, are not interested, meaning the idea might have to come to a vote to see if the required Nine Countries support it.

Haley's proposal comes as President Trump and other Members of his Administration, notably Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have put less of a focus on Human Rights in dealings with World Leaders when compared to past Administrations, including President Obama's.

In her remarks, Haley blasted China for not doing enough to stop North Korea's Nuclear and missile tests. "That's the goal of this weekend, is to make sure that China shows they are willing to act on North Korea, because we know that, at the end of the day, the only one that North Korea is really going to respond to is China," she said.

Although Haley's emphasis on Human Rights Abuses contrasts with the Public actions of Trump and others in the Administration, she emphasized that the Administration was nevertheless supportive.
"We believe it's very important that we talk about human rights, and the administration has been very supportive of me talking about human rights," she said.

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