Nikki Haley issues sharp rebuke to UN on limits of its authority over United States

There is a new sheriff in town at the United Nations.

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On Wednesday the international body had its yearly vote to chastise the United States for its embargo against Cuba.

“Let’s be honest about what we really see going on here,” she said. “This assembly does not have the power to end the U.S. embargo. It is based in U.S. law, which only the United States Congress can change.”

Haley told the assembly that America is opposing the resolution “in the hope that (the Cuban people) will one day be free to choose their own destiny.”

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“Each year, this Assembly’s time is wasted considering this resolution,” she said. “And the United States is subjected to all manner of ridiculous claims – anything to deflect attention from the regime that is actually responsible for the suffering of the Cuban people.”

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Haley noted that last year under former President but that things have changed.

“To those who are confused as to where the United States stands, let me be clear: as is their right under our Constitution, the American people have spoken,” she said. “They have chosen a new president, and he has chosen a new ambassador to the United Nations.”

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Cuban officials questioned Haley’s moral authority and called the comments “disrespectful.”

The resolution passed the 193 member general assembly with 191 votes, with only Israel voting in solidarity with the United States, according to Reuters.

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