Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and US 2024 presidential hopeful, Nikki Haley has opined that Russian President Vladimir Putin and other autocratic leaders know Joe Biden is “the weakest president in history” and therefore understand that if they want to take drastic actions like invading Ukraine, “this is the time to do it.”
“[N]one of this would be happening if Afghanistan wouldn’t have been the crisis that it was, but what you’re seeing is Russia and all the dictators are seeing an opportunity that this is the weakest president that America has ever had,” Haley a former South Carolina governor, told Fox News’ “Special Report”.
“And so if they were ever going to invade Ukraine, this is the time to do it.”
“I think what Russia’s really trying to do is get us to not allow Ukraine into NATO. And we have to remember that if you start to give in to Russia’s threats, they’ll be just another one behind it. But the one thing that makes the Ukraine-Russia issue so important is that China is watching this because how this plays out will dictate whether China thinks they can go ahead with [annexation of] Taiwan. So all of these things string together.
“All of this means that America needs to show strength and needs to show deterrence when it comes to any threats that are coming our way or towards our allies,” she said.
Haley disagreed with Joe Biden’s U.N. ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who recently said Ukraine and Taiwan are “two different types of situations.”
“It’s not two different types of situations. I saw China and Russia becoming closer and closer when I was U.N. ambassador, I think you have to realize that this is China watching what Russia is doing. You haven’t seen China condemn Russia. You haven’t seen China call Russia and tell them not to do anything. If anything, they tried to stop the meeting in the Security Council and took the side of Russia,” Haley told “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier.