The U.S. envoy to the United Nations says she’s maintaining a hard line against Russia, even as her boss — President Donald Trump — continues to dismiss reported Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election as “fake” news. “Certainly I think Russia was involved in the election,” Nikki Haley said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” broadcast on Sunday, according to a transcript provided by the network. “There’s no question about that.” Haley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, made her first Sunday-show appearances since becoming the nation’s top diplomat at the UN as the U.S. prepared to take over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council.
As recently as Saturday, Trump derided investigations into Russia’s involvement with the 2016 election and members of his campaign team as “the phony Russia story. A total scam!”
Yet Haley said she and Trump are “both saying the same thing” about Russia and “it’s just being reported differently.” Once the information comes out, “I expect that that will be handled accordingly,” Haley said, without providing more specifics on actions the U.S. may take.