Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, renewed her attacks on Russia in a speech delivered Thursday to Republican lawmakers as the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign reached a new level of intensity.
Haley directly acknowledged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling it “outrageous” and claiming the Trump administration is “taking steps” to prevent a repeat. She also said the Trump administration has been “tougher on Russia than any American administration since Ronald Reagan,” even after the White House took a pass this week on adding more sanctions that Congress had asked for.
“I have no idea what Russia expected from the American elections, but I gotta tell you, they are not happy with what they ended up with,” she said. “And that’s the way it should be, until Russia starts to act like a responsible country.”
“Yes, Russia did meddle in our elections,” Haley said, adding, “There is no reason to think the Russian interference made any difference between who won and lost in the U.S. elections, but the very fact that they did it is an outrageous thing, and something the Administration is taking steps to prevent in the future.”
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