Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Wednesday that President Biden’s first week in office proved “good” for Russia.
“I can tell you [ Russian President Vladimir] At the moment, Putin must be quite ecstatic, “Haley told America’s Newsroom on Wednesday, citing Biden’s energy actions, which include halting the Keystone XL pipeline project.
The Biden administration has temporarily suspended oil and gas licenses in federal lands and is leading a series of executive orders aimed at falsifying the US fossil fuel industry and combating climate change, Reuters reported.
“One of the things that worried him [Putin] at most, it was how energy independent we became, “Haley explained.
Hailey also said on Thursday that Biden had proposed extending the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries by five years, saying it was “something that has given Russia many advantages”
BIDEN PROPOSES EXTENSION OF NUCLEAR WEAPON AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA FOR 5 YEARS
The treaty, signed in 2010 by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 nuclear warheads deployed and 700 missiles and bombers deployed, and provides for on-site compliance checks.
Russia has long proposed extending the pact without any conditions or changes, but President Trump’s administration waited until last year to begin discussions and make enlargement subject to a set of requirements. Discussions stopped and months of negotiation failed to reduce differences.
On Friday, the Kremlin welcomed Biden’s proposal. A Putin spokesman said Russia was in favor of expanding the pact and was waiting to see the details.
“It’s a good first week for Russia right now,” Haley said.
Hailey also argued on Wednesday that President Biden was “more interested in reversing everything President Trump has done” instead of looking forward.
The former South Carolina governor then outlined a series of questions to Biden, asking why he had not “sat down and talked to these governors” before halting the Keystone XL pipeline project and banning fracking.
“Why don’t you use leverage if Iran produces nuclear weapons? Why don’t you use those sanctions as a lever before you just re-enter the Iranian deal?” she continued to ask.
“With China, why don’t you call on them on the human rights issues they have, instead of going back to the Human Rights Council?”
Hailey mentions a potential move by President Biden to join the controversial UN Human Rights Council.
Hailey was part of the Trump administration in 2018 when she withdrew the United States from the Human Rights Council. While announcing the decision, she called the council “a defender of human rights violators and a cesspool of political bias.”
Critics, among whom Hailey is perhaps the highest, cited membership in the Council, which currently includes countries such as Cuba, China and Russia – all elected in 2020.
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“This is a strategy,” Hailey said Wednesday. “It’s about being smart, and what Biden shows is that he’s more interested in reversing everything President Trump has done than being strategic in how we keep America strong.”
Caitlin McFaul, Adam Shaw and the Associated Press of Fox News contributed to the report.