Nikki Haley slammed the United Nations ahead of a vote to condemn the U.S. embargo on Cuba.
Every year for almost three decades the United Nations has voted against the United States for its strategy with Cuba.
However, Haley spoke out against this vote, slamming the UN for their continued support of Cuba.
“Cuba and its allies do the same thing every year. They propose a resolution blaming Cuba’s poverty, repression, and lack of freedom on the United States. They falsely blame America for all kinds of evil things – even genocide. But this resolution changes nothing. It doesn’t help a single Cuban family; it doesn’t feed a single Cuban child; it doesn’t free a single Cuban political prisoner.”
In 2017, only Israel supported the U.S. in going against the resolution. Although Haley said that was not an issue, she did claim that “the most regrettable fact of this resolution is that it is a waste of everyone’s time.”
Haley questioned why the UN felt comfortable with putting pressure on Iran for human rights violations but not Cuba.
“How can you feel strongly about Iran and not on Cuba?” Haley said. “Countries that are concerned about the arrest of political opponents and journalists, the lack of access of the internet, and the absolute authority of the government to restrict travel both within and from Cuba – these countries should have the opportunity to vote to put themselves and this body on record.”
The UN ambassador has been extremely outspoken when addressing the assembly’s double standard. She has been a strong voice for the U.S. and did not back down during the speech.
“It’s one more time that countries feel they can poke the United States in the eye,” Haley said. “But you’re not hurting the United States when you do this; you are literally hurting the Cuban people by telling the regime that their treatment of their people is acceptable.”