U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently spoke during a Security Council meeting and directed many alarmist comments toward Russia.
“If we don’t take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used,” Haley said to the United Nations Security Council. “They could be used here in New York, or in cities of any country that sits on this Council. This is a defining moment.”
Haley was referring to the poisoning of a former spy in the United Kingdom, a crime that has been widely pinned upon Russia and their president Vladimir Putin although they deny any culpability. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in critical condition recovering from the attack. Britain has already ejected 23 Russian diplomats as payback for what they believe happened.
“I’ve been heartened by the strength of support from around the world,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said last Thursday. “There’s a global disgust at what has happened and that’s very important. We will continue to make the case to our friends and allies that as a comity of nations we need to stand up to Russia.”
Right now, President Donald Trump is being hounded by his political opposition over supposed collusion with the Russians. This witch hunt has caused the strain of diplomatic relations between the countries, whose collaboration in Syria caused the near total destruction of ISIS.
“Russia is ready to cooperate in accordance with the convention to ban chemical weapons if the United Kingdom will deign to fulfill its obligations according to the same convention,” Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Regardless of how this conflict is hashed out between Russia and the United Kingdom, Haley and other American bureaucrats in the Trump administration would be wise to remember the ‘America First’ mandate that their boss was elected to enact. Trump ran on getting America out of foreign entanglements and conflicts, not butting their nose in them needlessly.
Originally Published at Populist Brief.