Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has been publicly criticized by Peter Navarro, an assistant to President Donald Trump, for not following the Oval Office policy when she served in the position. Navarro made the claims during a recent episode of the podcast “Steve Bannon’s War Room: Pandemic”.
Navarro, who serves as the White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, accused Haley of not following the Trump Administration’s policy of “America first” while she was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He specifically pointed to her decision to vote in favor of a U.N. resolution condemning the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an example of her not following the Oval Office policy.
Navarro also accused Haley of not being a team player, saying that she was more interested in promoting her own agenda than that of the Trump Administration. He argued that Haley’s decision to vote in favor of the U.N. resolution was a “betrayal” of the President’s agenda and that it had “hurt the administration”.
Haley has yet to respond to Navarro’s claims, but the podcast episode sparked a flurry of criticism from both sides of the political aisle. Many conservatives argued that Haley had not been a loyal member of the Trump Administration and that her actions had undermined the President’s agenda. On the other hand, many liberals argued that Haley had been acting in the best interests of the United States and that her actions had been in line with the nation’s foreign policy.
Regardless of one’s opinion of Haley’s actions, it is clear that Navarro’s criticism of her is a reflection of the tensions between the Trump Administration and the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. It is yet to be seen if Haley will respond to Navarro’s claims, but it is clear that the debate over her tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is far from over.