“We don’t trust Russia”, says Haley. “Putin wont be invited to the US Capitol” says Senate chief

NIKKI HALEYIn an exclusive interview with CBN News, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the United States will never trust Russia and Vladimir Putin.

“We don’t trust Russia; we don’t trust Putin; we never will,” Ambassador Haley says. “They’re never going to be our friend. That’s just a fact.”

However, Haley does acknowledge the need for dialogue.

“What I do think is, whether it’s the president sitting down with [North Korea’s Dictator] Kim or whether the president sits down with Putin, those are things that have to happen,” she said. “You can’t get to the end of the other side if you don’t have those conversations.”

Much of those discussions between the leaders happened in private, something that has brought criticism. But Ambassador Haley chalks it up to President Trump’s style.

“He did that with Kim. He’s done it with other leaders. He did it with President Xi of China and that’s just his way. He feels like he can get more out of them if he goes one-on-one like that. It’s his style. It’s the way he does it,” she explained.

“We don’t trust Russia; we don’t trust Putin; we never will,” Ambassador Haley says. “They’re never going to be our friend. That’s just a fact.”

Haley does, however, expect a bit of a different style going forward.

“You’re going to see their next meetings are going to have people in them, the working groups are going to come together, all of those things,” she said. “But he’s always thought just to create that genuine reality of the two of them talking, he feels like he needs to do it face-to-face.”

The president has faced criticism on numerous fronts, including from critics on the left who believe Cabinet members should resign if their advice is disregarded by Trump. Haley has a different view.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) .
Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) .
Putin will not be invited to the U.S. Capitol

Similarly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be invited to the U.S. Capitol, as the White House is working to set up a second meeting between Trump and Putin in Washington, D.C.

“I can only speak for the Congress. The speaker and I have made it clear that Putin will not be welcome up here, at the Capitol,” McConnell told reporters, asked about the White House’s plan to invite Putin to the United States.

McConnell’s comments come after his spokesman said last week that there were no plans to invite Putin to the Capitol if he comes to D.C.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said separately on Tuesday that “we will certainly not be giving him an invitation to do a joint session.”

Congressional leadership has previously extended invitations for foreign leaders traveling to Washington to visit Capitol Hill. French President Emmanuel Macron, for example, delivered an address before Congress during his trip to D.C. in April.

But the vocal opposition from GOP leadership to Putin visiting the Capitol marks another break between congressional Republicans and the White House when it comes to Russia.

Trump sparked widespread bipartisan backlash last week when he refused to condemn Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election during a press conference with Putin in Helsinki.

“I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” he told reporters during the press conference. “I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia.

Trump tried to walk back his comments from the White House, saying he meant to say didn’t see a reason it “wouldn’t” be Russia. He added that he accepted the intelligence community’s findings that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.

But he appeared to reverse course over the weekend, calling Russia’s election meddling a “big hoax.” He added on Tuesday that Russia could meddle in the 2018 election but “will be pushing very hard for the Democrats.”

McConnell demurred on Tuesday when asked if he thought Trump’s tweet was accurate but warned that Russia “better not” interfere in the upcoming midterm election.

“Well, I think we all know the Russian interfered in the last election. The question is are they going to do it again. … The Russians better quit messing around in our elections. I want to make that perfectly clear,” he said.

He added: “[Russia] did it the last time. They better not do it again.”

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