U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is one of the more accomplished women in the world. But Wednesday, the former governor of South Carolina traveled to New York for the Women in the World summit, where she was not welcomed with open arms. The conference, founded by Tina Brown, is described as "a digital platform that features activists, artists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, and firebrand dissidents. They’ve saved and enriched lives and shattered glass ceilings in every sector."
According to Yahoo News, however, Haley wasn't up to their standards:
Following a panel discussion that featured two doctors who’ve been on the front lines of the Syrian civil war and have witnessed the Assad regime’s attacks on hospitals, Haley expressed outrage over the “heartbreaking” situation in Syria and, once again, pointed the finger at Russia.
“If they supposedly have so much clout in Syria, they need to do their job,” Haley said of Vladimir Putin’s government, as a largely nonresponsive crowd began growing restless.
The panel was moderated by MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren, who elicited the night’s biggest round of applause when she asked the ambassador why, despite his recent condemnations of Assad, President Trump has been largely silent concerning Russia’s role in Syria.
“Keep in mind I work for the Trump administration,” Haley said, as a wave of boos rippled softly through the audience.
“I have hit Russia over the head more times than I can count,” she continued, despite rumblings from the crowd. “Because if they do something wrong, we’re gonna call them out on it.”
But the booing didn't stop there. The audience grew more and more agitated as she explained the President's opinion on Russia, and people in the audience began to heckle her. She explained that "The two things that Russia doesn’t want to see the U.S. do is strengthen our military and expand energy, and the president has done both of those.” This did nothing to placate the women in the audience who apparently didn't realize that icky Republican women had been invited to the event.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the event before Haley. When being announced, Samantha Bee said to Hillary, "So I’m only going to say this once—though you deserve to hear it 100 times—it should have been you." Also, Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards spoke at the three-day conference.
But when Haley was speaking, an audience member rudely interrupted Haley, by shouting, “Get to the next panel!”
Afterwards, Brown acknowledged that the Republican leader received a rather “boisterous reception.” However, she very kindly pointed out that Haley had a lot of courage to show up. “We often complain and sneer and say Republicans never want to come on any kind of forum except Fox News or places where they can be, you know, asked questions that are soft... She didn’t get agitated about [the heckling], and she’s in the middle of a lot of world crises.”
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