An era of relative harmony between the United States and United Nations appears to be coming to an end, as President Trump’s envoy takes on the international body’s inclination toward inaction — and U.N. leaders take swipes at the new administration in Washington.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made clear last week that her tenure at the New York headquarters would mark a change in tone as she defended U.S. missile strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following a deadly chemical attack on citizens, including children.
Haley accused the U.N. of “consistently” failing to act on Syria, while also forcing the Security Council into open session when one nation, Bolivia, apparently tried to discuss the strikes in private.
There are numerous signs that U.N. leaders are bristling at the shift and doing what they can to push back.
Secretary General António Guterres’ decision to retain an economist who frequently lambasts Trump, and a U.N. decision to have Mexico help lead international migration talks, are the latest indications an already frosty relationship with the Trump administration is likely to get colder.