Nikki Haley Blasts ‘Anti-American’ John Kerry: ‘Disrespectful’ and ‘Hurtful’ to the Country
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley appeared on the Fox & Friends curvy couch this morning to address a number of topics fresh from President Donald Trump’s visit yesterday to the General Assembly. One such topic, cited in the clip above, is the issue of former Secretary of State John Kerry’s alleged diplomatic interference in the Trump Administration’s on-going negotiations with Iran.
A quick and oversimplified primer for the uninitiated? Sure why not.
The Trump administration abandoned a political controversial an Obama-era Iran deal that aimed for denuclearization in return for lifting economic sanctions and returning $400 billion the U.S. seized from Iran in the late 1970’s. While the Trump administration has continued tough rhetoric with the Persian state, former Secretary Kerry (who negotiated the revoked deal) has been engaging in “shadow diplomacy” with Iran in an effort to preserve the nuclear deal (or so say his political allies.)
On the other side of the political coin? Well let’s go to the relevant Trump tweet:
The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
Ambassador Haley took the anti-Kerry rhetoric up a few notches today, telling her Fox & Friends hosts “What Secretary Kerry did was not only disrespectful, it was hurtful to America.”
“When we are sitting there trying to get Iran to come to the table” Haley explained, “to have another American go in and say don’t worry about it, that absolutely is anti-American, and it was hurtful to the American people.”
Readers may recall that amidst the Obama-era negotiations with Iran, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) organized a letter signed by 47 fellow Republican Senators sent to leaders of Iran about the negotiations over nuclear power, serving as a provider of “knowledge of our constitutional system” and what power President Obama has in agreeing to it.
At the time, the Obama White House decried the GOP Iran letter as the “continuation of a partisan strategy” to undermine Obama’s ability to negotiate foreign policy. Iran’s leaders also dismissed it as a “political publicity ploy,”
Watch the clip above courtesy of Fox News.
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