by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
In the months since President Trump sent Nikki Haley to the United Nations, she has taken on that scandal-plagued jamboree of anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and tyrant devotion and proven a fearless champion of US interests and Western values. As Trump’s velvet hammer, she has shown intrepid leadership, placing her in the diplomatic firmament along with such ambassadorial powerhouses as Jeane Kirkpatrick, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and John Bolton.
So far, Haley has wisely adhered to Teddy Roosevelt’s famous adage: Speak softly and carry a big stick. She conducts difficult diplomacy in an unforgiving environment with a fierce but graceful efficiency that commands the attention of friends and foes — and complements the president’s bull-in-a-china-shop style.
Tasked with re-establishing US leadership and moral authority globally without conflicting with Trump’s “America First” priorities, she has struck that delicate balance remarkably well.