UN Envoy Haley: Trump's Accusers Have Right to be Heard

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionUS ambassador Nikki Haley calls UN hostile to Israel
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11 December, 2017

Haley, discussing a cultural shift of women coming forward on the CBS "Face the Nation" program, applauded women who have come forward: "I'm proud of their strength".

Responding to a question on the Arab League, she said the United States had a lot more in common with the grouping than they have ever had before.

Republicans also have castigated liberals over high-profile allegations against figures in Hollywood and the media, including movie producer Harvey Weinstein, a one-time Hillary Clinton donor and ally. She added that while people may be upset with the decision, it is only because "courage causes that" and she strongly believes this is "going to move the ball forward for the peace process".

The announcement by Trump on Wednesday to move the embassy from Tel Aviv and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital roiled much of the global community - including the Palestinians, whose seat of government is in east Jerusalem. "They should be heard and they should be dealt with, and I think we heard them prior to the election", she said.

Haley went on to say that there have been "great negotiations" and that they will continue to do that.

"I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up", she said.

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On Sunday, Alyssa Farah, press secretary to Vice President Pence, announced he would be traveling to the Middle East. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said that "to re-litigate the election is impossible". A now infamous tape also emerged in which he bragged about sexual assault. "Should people who were victimized have their day in court, their opportunity to present their information?"

"Women who accuse anyone should be heard", she said. "He might want to think about doing the same".

Haley doubled down on her comments, saying that in her time at the United Nations she's seen "repeated attempts to hit Israel for no reason whatsoever".

During the 2016 presidential campaign, more than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual harassment, allegations he recently dismissed as "totally fake news" and "made-up stuff".

On Saturday, during a campaign swing to support the Democrat in Alabama's U.S. Senate race, Booker told Vice News that the standard that brought down Franken should be applied to the president.

"He just took Jerusalem off the table", she said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. "This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality".


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