US ambassador says 'no love' in dealings with Russia
The United States ambassador to the United Nations says there's no question Russia was involved in the US presidential election and insists President Donald Trump would fully support strong action against the Kremlin once investigations are complete.
Speaking in television interviews broadcast yesterday, Nikki Haley contended there is no contradiction between her tough stance and Trump's repeated public statements seeking to minimise Russia's role. She said Trump "has not once" told her to stop "beating up on Russia".
She joins Defence Secretary James Mattis as Trump administration officials who have forcefully called out Russia for its actions during the 2016 US campaign.
"We don't want any country involved in our elections, ever," Haley said. "We need to be very strong on that."
RUSSIA DENIES INVOLVEMENT
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied his country meddled in the 2016 contest between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. While Trump himself has said he believes Russian operatives hacked Democratic Party emails during the election, he has repeatedly lambasted as "fake news" any suggestion that he or his staff had connections to Russia.
Trump continued his attacks over the weekend, tweeting: "It is the same Fake News Media that said there is 'no path to victory for Trump' that is now pushing the phony Russia story. A total scam!"