Nikki Haley Issues Threats on Sunday Talk Shows

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2018 11:30 AM CDT
Nikki Haley Threatens Russia, Syria on Sunday Talk Shows
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, left, looks towards British Ambassador to the Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenty, center, and Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at United Nations headquarters.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Sunday morning talk shows buzzed with Syria talk following US and allied attacks on chemical facilities in the war-torn nation—with Nikki Haley leading the charge for the administration, Politico reports. "If Assad doesn’t get it, it’s going to hurt," said the US ambassador to the United Nations on Fox News Sunday, threatening more missile strikes if Syrian President Bashar Assad attacks his people with chemical weapons. "If Assad continues to go forward there will be more, and it will hurt." Among other Sunday quotes:

  • More Russian sanctions: "Russia sanctions will be coming down" following the suspected Syria chemical attacks, Haley said on Face the Nation, per the Hill. "They will be going directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use."

  • Please, don't ask: "First of all, I have been drowning in all things Syria, North Korea, and Iran, so I can't ... I'm sorry, I don't have enough information on anything related to Comey or all of those things," said Haley when asked about President Trump's tweet attack against former FBI Director James Comey, per the Hill. "I haven't watched TV to watch that."
  • Don't ask, pt. 2: "I can't speak to that. You'd have to ask him that," said retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan on NBC's Meet the Press when asked if he and Trump see the GOP the same way, per Politico. But they "obviously" see trade differently, he added.

  • Don't look at me: "I'm not aware of any plans to make those movements," said Sarah Huckabee Sanders on ABC's This Week when asked about possible Trump plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Politico reports. "We do have some real concerns with some of the activities and some of the scope that the investigation has gone."
  • A strong message: A bill protecting Mueller would send Trump a "very strong message," said Sen. Susan Collins on This Week, but she doubts Trump would sign it, the Hill reports. Still, "it would not hurt if we passed legislation to send a message to the White House that we want the investigation to continue."

  • I would have been fired: "When I worked for Jim [Comey], if I had said to him 11 days before an election that I was going to release information that could potentially affect the election, and one of the things that influenced me was polling, he would have fired me," former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on This Week, referring to Comey's comment that presidential polling may have affected his decision to reveal the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the Hill reports. Christie was once US attorney for New Jersey and Comey was his boss at the US Department of Justice. "And it is really disconcerting to me as a guy who worked with him in form and have defended him on this air and other places over the years to see this interview and what he was saying."
(Read more Sunday morning talk shows stories.)

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