Passionate People: Nikki Haley


On Sept. 11, Haley pushed through a Security Council agreement to impose the toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea, limiting the country’s oil imports and banning its textile exports, which will deprive Pyongyang of what Haley estimated is 90 percent of its export revenue.

On her first day at the UN in January, Haley warned other diplomats: “For those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names.” Bold pronouncements have informed the rest of her tenure, too. At times, Haley has gone further than President Trump—she condemned Russia’s “aggressive actions” in Ukraine and Syria, using harsher language than he did—but the ambassador nevertheless has become the White House’s trusted voice in opposing the Iran nuclear deal.

It’s fair to say that, more so than any other Trump appointee, when she speaks, Haley is speaking for him.

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