‘Morning Joe’ Castigates Haley for Warning U.N. Over Jerusalem Resolution: We’re the ‘Bad Guys,’ She ‘Embarrassed’ the U.S.

• December 22, 2017 11:11 am


The panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday lashed out at U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for her speech before the U.N. General Assembly the prior day in which she criticized countries that supported a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Haley castigated the U.N. on Thursday after the international body backed a non-binding resolution to reject the U.S. decision on Jerusalem.

"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly," she said, threatening to cut off funding to the U.N. "We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution" to the U.N. and when other member nations ask Washington "to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."

The "Morning Joe" panel took issue with Haley's remarks.

"Hey, Joe, when did we become the bad guys?" frequent MSNBC guest Donny Deutsch asked co-host Joe Scarborough. "Listening to that speech yesterday … that's the bad guys talking."

"You sit and listen to Nikki Haley, and as a representative of the United States of America, and it's breathtaking that she would actually threaten to cut off aid," Scarborough responded.

Haley also told U.N. member states on Thursday that the U.S. has "an obligation to acknowledge when our political and financial capital is being poorly spent."

Scarborough referred to Haley's actions as a "mob boss" move multiple times.

"Nikki Haley and Donald Trump engaged yesterday in something that was in between a schoolyard taunt and a mob boss's threat," he said. "And they did it as our representatives … over something that is obviously one of the most controversial foreign policy moves that anybody could make."

Scarborough said that the Trump administration's decision on Jerusalem and its actions at the U.N. will hurt Washington's ability to work with U.S. allies on foreign policy goals like countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

"What she [Haley] did yesterday is just an embarrassment to the United States," Scarborough said.

Some 128 countries voted for the U.N. resolution, while nine voted "no," and 35 nations abstained.