Haley Dismisses Giuliani’s Remarks on ‘Overthrow’ in Iran: ‘We’re Not Looking to Do Regime Change’
Ambassador Nikki Haley pushed back on remarks Sunday from President Donald Trump‘s attorney Rudy Giuliani, assuring that the U.S. was not looking to stage a coup of Iranian leadership, despite the lawyer’s tough talk about an overthrow.
“The United States is not looking to do a regime change in Iran. We’re not looking to regime change anywhere,” Haley told CNN’s Jake Tapper, just hours after Giuliani spoke at Saturday evening at the 2018 Iran Uprising Summit in New York City.
According to Reuters, during the event run by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, Giuliani said, “I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them. It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years. But it’s going to happen.”
That left Haley doing some morning damage control, telling Tapper America’s interest is in protecting itself and its allies.
“The president has been very strong on Iran,” she said. “He’s been very strong that we can’t turn away from them, that they are a bad actor. You’ll continue to see him strong in terms of every action we take there. Iran’s economy has plummeted because the president pulled out of the deal. They’re getting desperate and I think we’re seeing the actions of that.”
Haley also emphasized that there is no friendship between the two countries.
“Rouhani’s closest advisers have not said anything kind about the United States,” she added. “This is what happens. There is no love for Iran here in the United States and there’s no love for the United States in Iran, and both sides are going to go back and forth.”
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