Nikki Haley, a contender for the US Presidency, has argued that Washington needs to fortify its alliance with Russia to boost global security. This controversial statement was made by the former US ambassador to the United Nations during a television interview on Saturday, where she touched upon areas of the world she felt America could pay more attention to.
Haley pointed towards the Arab world, expressing that the United States wants Arab nations to somewhat “join us” in confronting Iran. “You see Saudi Arabia making deals with China, which is not good for us,” she added. However, her campaign team swiftly described her comments as a “slip of the tongue”.
Ken Farnaso, a spokesperson, clarified, “It’s clear that she misspoke”. He added, “No one has been tougher on Russia than Nikki Haley.”
Haley, who announced her candidacy for the US Presidency last February, will be participating in the election scheduled for next year. The Republican Party declared last Friday that a debate for the Presidential candidates would be organized in August.
The victor in the party’s elections will face off against the candidate chosen by the Democratic Party, likely to be President Joe Biden, in November 2024.