From CNN, last week:
The US ambassador to the United Nations offered a strong condemnation of Russia in her first appearance at the UN Security Council on Thursday, calling on Moscow to de-escalate violence in eastern Ukraine and saying that US sanctions against Moscow would remain in place until it withdraws from Crimea.
Never mind that 96% of Crimeans voted to re-join Russia as provided for in their Constitution.
Sources told CNN Thursday evening that the White House was aware in advance of Haley’s speech. A source told CNN’s Dana Bash that Haley didn’t get direction from the White House but she wasn’t asked not do to it.
It is no coincidence that Haley and Lindsey Graham hail from South Carolina:
S.C. governor Nikki Haley – the #NeverTrump luminary who made dogging out the Donald her raison d’être in the months leading up to the Palmetto State’s “First in the South” presidential primary.
From Moon of Alabama:
On New Year the neo-conservative Senators McCain and Graham were in Ukraine to fire up Ukrainian troops at the front lines for a new fight with Russia supported rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk. A few days later then Vice President Biden also dropped in on Kiev. The three are declared enemies of Trump’s more friendly position towards Russia. They obviously intended to reignite the conflict in Ukraine to sabotage Trump’s new foreign policy…
Multiple news outlets and even Ukrainian generals first admitted that it was the Kiev government that started the current round of fighting by “creeping” into the no-man’s zone that was supposed to separate the belligerents. But as usual the “western” media now try to change history and to put the guilt on Russia. They press for a U.S. “response” to the “Russian aggression”…
The Ukrainian President Poroshenko had tried for several days to get a phonecall scheduled with President Trump. But on Thursday Trump met, very shortly though, Poroshenko’s opposition in Ukraine Yuliya Tymoshenko. She is a former prime minister and – said mildly- a controversial figure: always scheming, lying and ready to be offered and take huge bribes. But with some help she could probably win an election in Ukraine should Poroshenko step down.
From Noirette in the comments:
That speech was a diplomatic howler, an epic mistake. It showed at the very best disorganisation and at worst terminal weakness (i.e. Trump is not in charge, his stated policies are not being followed, he was forced into that appointement by neo-cons, he made some deal for x, y, etc.) Backtracking from it …tough…
From ToivoS in the comments:
If you also analyze the statement it was very simply a reiteration of Obama’s policy statement of the Ukraine situation. My interpretation was that some US staffer in the UN gave Nikki an official US policy statement. So far, Trump has not said much if anything about US policy towards Ukraine.
If I was sitting in her position, I would have declined to say anything. But for the US to decline to say something in that situation would be interpreted by the international diplomatic corp as a major reversal of policy. I think Nikki was figuring it was not her job to announce a major change in US policy towards the Ukraine unless she had specific instructions from the Trump admin.