U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley did not mince words at the U.N. on Wednesday — warning that if the organization failed to act following the deadly attack in Syria, the Trump Administration may handle the situation without them.
“This Security Council thinks of itself as a defender of peace, security, and human rights,” Haley said at a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Syria on Wednesday. “When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.”
The suspected chemical attack that took place Tuesday in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, has killed over 70 people, including children. Although Bashar Assad’s Syrian government has denied any responsibility, the Trump Administration said it was holding them accountable.
Haley also called out Russia, which holds a seat on the Security Council, for enabling Assad.
“Assad has no incentive to stop using chemical weapons as long as Russia continues to protect his regime from consequences,” she said.
Read Haley’s full remarks below.
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