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Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO R. Nicholas Burns neatly criticized U.N. envoy Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump for bullying countries that voted to impugn the U.S. decision to commend Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“I’m kind of astounded that Ambassador Haley is doing this,” Burns told CNN. “I don’t know if she’s been systematic to do this, but it’s not going to be effective. We’re a good country, we’re the leading, strongest country in the world. And the best presidents, the many effective presidents, they led with courage and led with ancillary the allies.”
“You can’t brag your best friends in the world—Germany, Britain, France—these are countries that have voted against us on the issue of Jerusalem. So we don’t consider it’s going to work,” he said. “I’m fearful that some countries will just double down in their opinion against the United States since they have domestic politics too; they can’t crawl down publicly to threats from the boss of the United States.
His end was that Haley’s remarks were an “embarrassing philharmonic of American tact going in the wrong direction.”
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