Haley denounces Russia for 'meddling' in elections on 'multiple continents'
Iran Press TV
Sat Jul 8, 2017 10:6PM
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has decried what she refers to as Russian "meddling" in the world elections, including the 2016 presidential vote in the United States.
"Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections," Haley told CNN in a pre-taped interview for "State of the Union" aired on Saturday.
Probes are underway to determine whether there was a collusion between Russia and associates of now-US President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign and transition.
Under pressure ever since, the president has hesitated to condemn Russia, arguing that other countries could have been involved.
"Everybody knows that they're not just meddling in the United States' election," Haley said. "They're doing this across multiple continents, and they're doing this in a way that they're trying to cause chaos within the countries."
The US government is itself known for cases of meddling in remote countries' policies and elections as well as vociferous support for regime change projects.
"And it's not just going to be us saying this. I think you're going to hear other leaders come out and say, cut it out, we're not going to put up with it," said the US envoy to the UN.
In another appearance on CBS News, she also asserted that the ongoing FBI and congressional probes mean the Russians will face consequences.
"President Trump still knows that they meddled," she told CBS News in a pre-taped interview for "Face the Nation." "President Putin knows that they meddled, but he is never going to admit to it. And that's all that happened."
Trump met Putin during the G20 summit in Hamburg, where he brought up the issue.
In a declassified report released in January, the intelligence community concluded that Russia helped with the New York billionaire's campaign effort ahead of winning the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump.
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