EXCLUSIVE: Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley criticized President Biden’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, saying the speech “ignored the reality and gravity of America’s threats and enemies.”
“President Biden’s speech ignored the reality and gravity of America’s threats and enemies,” Haley told Fox News after Biden’s speech on Tuesday. “China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Afghanistan and terrorism, to name a few. ”
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“Under the Trump administration, the world knew where we were at,” said Haley, who served under former President Trump. “At the UN, we took the names of our enemies and had the backs of our allies. ”
She added, “With Joe Biden asleep at the switch, our friends don’t trust us and our enemies rejoice. “
Biden didn’t mention Russia or China by name, but he did discuss human rights issues in China’s Xinjiang region.
Haley’s comments come after Biden addressed the United Nations in New York on Tuesday morning, telling his international peers the world is “at an inflection point in history,” while saying states United intend to “lead all of the greatest challenges of our time,” but not alone, stressing the importance of alliances and partnerships around the world.
Biden, during his speech, addressed a number of shared global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, nuclear proliferation, emerging technologies and climate change – as well as his administration’s withdrawal of all U.S. military assets. from Afghanistan – but he did not. respond to national security threats posed by China, Russia and Iran.
“We are not looking for the new cold war, or the world divided into rigid blocs,” said Biden, apparently pointing to China, and adding that the United States “is ready to work with any nation that engages, that seeks a peaceful resolution to share challenges, even though we strongly disagree on common challenges. ”
The only mention of Iran Biden concerned nuclear proliferation, saying the United States “remains committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” adding that the nation “is seeking a return to the JCPOA.”
Biden also mentioned the United States’ commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as North Korea restarted its nuclear weapons program, which once again poses a serious threat to regional security. and global.
On terrorism, Biden touted the US withdrawal of military resources from Afghanistan after a 20-year presence and after the country’s fall to the Taliban, saying America has ended a period of “war. relentless ”and“ opens a new period of relentless diplomacy ”. . ”
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The President went on to say that the United States had “turned the page” on the conflict in Afghanistan, and said that “all of our nation’s unparalleled energy, will and resources are now focused on what lies ahead – and not on what is behind. ”
“Make no mistake, the United States will continue to defend itself and its allies against threats,” Biden said, referring to terrorist threats around the world, but said “the mission must be clear and achievable. “.
“The military might of the United States must be our tool of last resort, not our first. It should not be used as an answer to all the problems we see in the world, ”he said, noting that“ many of our biggest concerns, ”highlighting COVID-19 and climate change,“ don’t cannot be solved or dealt with by arms ”.
Biden’s speech came as his administration grapples with a number of challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the fallout from the withdrawal from Afghanistan and a deepening disagreement with France. The United States last week announced a new trilateral agreement with the United Kingdom and Australia called AUKUS, focusing on the Indo-Pacific region.
The deal centers on improving Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines, an effort France was working to make with Australia. France had previously made an agreement to send French-made submarines to Australia.
French President Emmanuel Macron recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia following the new trilateral agreement. Macron and Biden are expected to speak on the phone this week.