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Nikki Haley on The Ben Shapiro Show: UN Is ‘Wasteful,’ ‘Bureaucratic,’ a ‘Lot of Talk’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | May 6, 2019 | 2:58 PM EDT

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump administration Nikki Haley on "The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special" Episode 49 with host Ben Shapiro. (Screenshot)

When asked about the efficacy of the United Nations during a segment of “The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special” on Sunday with host Ben Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the U.N. is “wasteful,” “bureaucratic,” a “lot of talk.”

“It’s wasteful; it’s bureaucratic; it’s a lot of talk and not as much action,” stated former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. “There’s resentment. We’re being taken advantage of, but we would not have gotten those three North Korean sanctions packages and had the international community all on the same page against North Korea without the U.N.”

Below is a transcript in pertinent part of former U.S. Ambassador  to the U.N. Nikki Haley’s comments on the efficacy of the U.N.:

Ben Shapiro: “So, what is your, after having served at the U.N., what’s your overall view of the U.N.? So, I’ve been vocally anti-U.N. for as long as I can possibly remember. I have recommended that the building be torn down and that President Trump build condos on top of it. You’ve served there. What is the— Do you think there’s a purpose to the U.N.? Do you think it’s a useful organization? What should the U.S.’s involvement in the U.N. be?”

Nikki Haley: “The president actually asked me a year in. He said, ‘What do you think of the U.N.? Should we stay in?’

“And I said, this is the thing: It’s wasteful; it’s bureaucratic; it’s a lot of talk and not as much action. There’s resentment. We’re being taken advantage of, but we would not have gotten those three North Korean sanctions packages and had the international community all on the same page against North Korea without the U.N.

“So, I think the American people are going to decide. I don’t know that I’ve decided yet.

“But the U.N. has to really— We pushed some really big reforms. In the first year we were able to cut $1.3 billion, immediately. That was just low hanging fruit. When people see the big U.N. building, they think ambassadors are in there. That’s just staff. You have thousands of people that work in that building, and it’s all because countries want their people in there. The staff has doubled in the last ten years. That’s how ridiculous it is. The reforms were happening. We did work with the secretary general. It was starting, but it’s got a long way to go.

“And the U.N., more importantly, has to change with the times. They can’t keep talking about old issues they’ve always wanted to talk about. They have to take on issues like Venezuela, which they didn’t want to do. They have to take on those issues with Iran and call it out the way it is. In any way for them to continue to be relevant, they have to do what’s uncomfortable to do, and I don’t know if they’re willing to do that.”

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