Instead of a strategy to keep the United States strong going forward, new President Joe Biden is focusing more on reversing the Trump administration’s policies in his first week in office, according to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Jan. 27, Haley criticized President Biden’s foreign policy actions toward the other powerhouses of Russia and China, since starting his presidency on Jan. 20.
The former diplomat said that the Biden administration’s plan to renew the New START nuclear arms control agreement with Russia and the executive order to shut down the construction of a large oil pipeline might be making the Russian leader “ecstatic.”
“I can tell you Putin has to be pretty ecstatic right now,” Haley said. “One of the things that bothered him the most was how energy independent we had become, and the idea that President Biden has already cut off the Keystone pipeline started banning fracking, that in itself is one thing.”
Haley was referring to President Biden’s order to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline project permit, which is being constructed to carry oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico.
The former ambassador to the United Nations also criticized President Biden for reverting to the START Treaty. The United States and Russia have agreed to a five-year extension on the treaty, which is expected to benefit Russia.
“The fact that Biden is jumping back into the new START agreement but not just jumping back in, but doing it for five years is something that gave Russia a lot of advantage, but never included China,” she said. “It is a good first week for Russia right now.”
Regarding China, Haley said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) remains the U.S.’s No. 1 security threat, and the Biden administration should continue to keep it accountable with the CCP Virus (coronavirus).
“I think that President Biden needs to take advantage of the fact that Republicans and Democrats both agree that China is a problem. They are our number one national security threat,” she said.
“What we need to do is have some serious conversations instead of just jumping back into the World Health Organization,” she said, referring to President Biden’s move to take the United States back into the organization that Trump withdrew the United States from last year.
“Why don’t you have the Security Council hold a meeting on what China knew when they knew it about Covid, and why they didn’t do something about it?” she continued.
Haley suggested that President Biden should talk with governors before making decisions or strategies.
“Why didn’t you sit down and talk with those governors? I was a governor. Why didn’t you talk to those governors before you stopped the Keystone pipeline? Why didn’t you talk to those governors before you banned fracking? Why aren’t you using leverage if Iran is producing nuclear weapons? Why, before jumping right back into the Iran deal, why aren’t you using those sanctions as leverage?” she said, adding, “This is about strategy. This is about being smart.”
“What Biden is showing is he’s more interested in reversing everything President Trump did than being strategic in how we keep America strong going forward,” she concluded about the new administration’s first week.