Nikki Haley: Trump's Accusers 'Should Be Heard'

The US ambassador to the UN's comments come after three male congressmen resigned
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2017 12:50 PM CST
U.S. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley address the United Nations Security Council   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

(Newser) – President Trump's ambassador to the United Nations believes the women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct "should be heard." Appearing on Face the Nation Sunday, Nikki Haley said she is "incredibly proud" of the women who have come forward over the last months with allegations of sexual harassment against men in Hollywood and Washington, the Hill reports. "I'm proud of their strength," Haley said. "I'm proud of their courage. And I think that the idea that this is happening, I think it will start to bring a conscience to the situation, not just in politics, but ... in every industry." Those comments came after a week in which three members of Congress resigned following accusations of sexual misconduct, Democrats Al Franken and John Conyers and Republican Trent Franks.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, several women made accusations of improper sexual conduct against then-candidate Trump, and Haley said she believes those women deserve to tell their stories as well. "Women who accuse anyone should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with, " Haley said. "I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up." At least 11 women during the campaign accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances. At the time, Trump called the allegations "total fiction." In October White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the official White House position was that those women were lying. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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