For Nikki Haley, a lower profile as Trump heads back to the UN | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Sep 23, 18
For Nikki Haley, a lower profile as Trump heads back to the UN | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

John Hudson National security reporter focusing on the State Department and diplomacy. September 23 at 11:26 AM U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley quickly became one of the administration’s most visible faces and the leading advocate for a worldview in which President Trump’s “America First” slogan did not mean “America alone.” When Trump makes his second presidential appearance at the United Nations this week, Haley will still be a central figure, and their close rapport is likely to be apparent. She is among a select few Cabinet aides who speak frequently and directly with the president, a sore spot for some White House officials. But Haley’s public role has ­narrowed as Trump’s national ­security Cabinet was shuffled over the past year and advisers who advanced more nationalist agendas on trade, immigration and international engagement gained favor. A pair of incidents in which Haley announced policies or plans that were quickly changed also raised questions about her footing in the administration as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton took over from more passive and ideologically moderate aides. In both cases, several senior officials said she was unfairly scapegoated. At the same time, Haley’s influence at the United Nations has been blunted by Trump policy decisions that many other nations opposed, including recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, cutting aid to Palestinians and announcing a U.S. withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Haley supports those positions, along with Trump’s theme that American largesse will not be wasted on those who are undeserving or ungrateful. But she has lost on other policy debates, including a further reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States, which was announced last week. “The goal that we all have as an administration is, how we can make the American people proud, and what actions we can show that really live up to that,” Haley said as she previewed Trump’s U.N. visit, which begins Monday. Trump’s address Tuesday is ­focused on American sovereignty and foreign aid, aides said. His adviser Stephen Miller, who is con­sidered the architect of the administration’s strictest immigration policies and a sometime opponent of Haley’s, is a principal author of the president’s U.N. speech. “He’ll also lay down a marker that while the United States is generous, we’re going to be generous to those that share our values, generous to those who want to work with us, and not those that try to stop the United States or say they hate America,” Haley said at a news conference Thursday at the United Nations. By chance, the United States holds the rotating chairmanship of the U.N. Security Council this month, meaning Haley can call sessions on themes of special interest. She has used the platform to hold debates about crumbling democracy in Venezuela, the political crisis in Nicaragua and North Korea’s evasion of U.N. sanctions, all topics in line with administration priorities. The chairmanship also means that Trump and Pompeo can each take a turn with the gavel

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