Some current and former members of the Trump administration appear to be okay with President-elect Joe Biden taking over next month.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was taped earlier this week begging Education Department workers to “be the resistance” when the new administration moves in. And now, former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has written an editorial for the Washington Post offering Biden foreign policy advice – and the same day that President Donald Trump’s former homeland security adviser warned in a New York Times column that the country is hacked by Russia, which he says has compromised federal government and corporate networks. Both pieces went online on Wednesday.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, warned that Biden would likely feel “strong partisan pressure to reject most, if not all, of Trump’s foreign policy,” but that would be “a mistake.”
“To sweep away the achievements and strategies of the past four years would endanger US security and interests.”
She then urged Biden to continue Trump’s “America First” policies in three areas: being tough on China and protecting American interests; put pressure on the Cuban and Venezuelan dictatorships; and continue to encourage Arab-Israeli peace.
Haley described China as preying on American openness “like a parasite” and called Communist China “the gravest global threat the United States faces” because of its “hostile” intentions to overtake America economically and militarily.
Haley said that if Biden let himself go to Venezuela or Cuba, it would amount to “an embrace of socialism” and allow “the most monstrous regimes in our hemisphere.”
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And she described the “flourishing friendships” between Israel and Arab countries as one of the “finest developments of the past four years,” which she attributed to Trump’s actions. She encouraged Biden to negotiate “a deeper peace” by continuing to isolate Iran and encourage harmony between Israel and the Arab states.
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Haley also suggested that the new administration keep the United States away from the Paris Climate Agreement, which Trump withdrew the country from this year. She called joining the deal “foolish” and said it would put the United States “at the mercy” of nations like China strengthening itself at America’s expense. “Biden can build on our success and advance America’s interests in everyone,” she concluded. “It would be disastrous if he missed the opportunity because of a partisan desire to reverse the course of his predecessor.”
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Her column went viral on Twitter Thursday morning, with critics generally questioning her credibility or pointing out that perceptions of the United States around the world are at near historic levels.
Others highlighted his oversight of Russia’s potential risk to US interests and security – particularly in light of Thomas P. Bossert, who was Trump’s homeland security adviser and deputy homeland security adviser. of President George W. Bush, writing his own op-ed claiming that the Russians had access to a considerable number of important and sensitive US networks for six to nine months. Its title reads: “We’re Hacked. ”
Still others unearthed a tweet from 2016 where Trump, then a presidential candidate, wrote that the people of South Carolina were “embarrassed” by their governor, Haley, after saying she would not support him in the Presidency. She was also not a fan of him at the time, saying he represented “everything a governor doesn’t want from a president.”
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