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Nikki Haley Embarrassed America by Bullying U.N.: Ex-NATO Ambassador

"I don’t know if she’s been ordered to do this, but it’s not going to be effective."

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Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO R. Nicholas Burns sharply criticized U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump for bullying countries that voted to criticize the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“I’m kind of surprised that Ambassador Haley is doing this,” Burns told CNN. “I don’t know if she’s been ordered to do this, but it’s not going to be effective. We’re a great country, we’re the leading, strongest country in the world. And our best presidents, our most effective presidents, they led with self-confidence and led with supporting our allies.”

"You can’t bully your best friends in the world—Germany, Britain, France—these are countries that have voted against us on the issue of Jerusalem. So I don’t think it’s going to work," he said. "I’m afraid that some countries will just double down in their vote against the United States because they have domestic politics too; they can’t bow down publicly to threats from the president of the United States.

His conclusion was that Haley's remarks were an "embarrassing spectacle of American diplomacy going in the wrong direction."

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.