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US Amb. Nikki Haley: ‘We don’t trust Putin, we never will… never going to be our friend’

Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, voting at the Security Council Sept. 11, 2017. (Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/TNS)
July 24, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently said in an interview that the United States will never trust Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin.

Haley doesn’t believe that it will ever be possible for the U.S. to trust the Kremlin due to its previous record of dishonestly.

“We don’t trust Russia; we don’t trust Putin; we never will. They’re never going to be our friend. That’s just a fact,” Ambassador Haley said in an exclusive interview with CBN News this week.

Despite her distrust of Moscow, the ambassador believes that it’s important for there to be a dialogue between the two countries. She hopes that the U.S. will continue to communicate with Russia so tensions between the two world powers can be relieved.

“What I do think is, whether it’s the President sitting down with [North Korea’s Dictator] Kim or whether the President sits down with Putin, those are things that have to happen. You can’t get to the end of the other side if you don’t have those conversations,” she said.

Haley believes that Trump’s style of having private meetings with his adversaries is a wise strategy. She pointed out that he’s had private meetings with a variety of world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, prior to his one-on-one meeting with Putin.

“He did that with Kim. He’s done it with other leaders. He did it with President Xi of China and that’s just his way. He feels like he can get more out of them if he goes one-on-one like that. It’s his style. It’s the way he does it,” she explained.

She mentioned during the interview that Trump is going to continue to focus on being as genuine as possible in future meetings.

“You’re going to see their next meetings are going to have people in them, the working groups are going to come together, all of those things. But he’s always thought just to create that genuine reality of the two of them talking, he feels like he needs to do it face-to-face,” Haley said.

Haley also praised Trump for being respectful, even when she says things that he might not agree with.

Haley mentioned that Trump’s communication style involves him listening as much as possible and being open to receiving bad news.

“Regardless of whether I say something he likes or not, he’s respectful, he listens to it and we have a conversation about it. And that’s what everyone should want in their President, is someone willing to hear the bad news,” she said.