Taking Down Names. Really?

The remarks of the US Ambassador the United Nations, Nikki Haley, in which she warned the United States – and the current US President in particular – will be ‘taking names’ of those countries who dare to defy the President’s recent unilateral declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, would be laughable if they weren’t so serious.

It appears that the US President believes he can bully anyone he likes – journalists, political opponents, other countries – if they dare to criticise or challenge or rebuke the unilateral and destabilising decision so recently and recklessly uttered by the US President. I’m not really sure who he thinks he is, but the US President should perhaps remember that the USA is not the only country in the world, that his wish is not the command of every other nation of the world, and that foreign policy is not about him.

And Ambassador Haley should recognise that she is now at the United Nations, not some high school debating society!

The Trump administration’s heavy-handed approach to foreign policy – often in breach of both international consensus and diplomatic niceties – has alienated even close allies.