U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to “save face.”
“This is Russia trying to save face, and they can’t, they can’t,” Haley said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections. Everybody knows that they’re not just meddling in the United States’ election. 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.”
When asked about the private meeting between President Trump and Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg Germany, Haley said the U.S. President wanted to look Putin “in the eye.”
“What he did was bring up right away the election meddling, and he did that for a reason,” Haley said. “One, he wanted him (Putin) to basically look him in the eye, let him know that, ‘Yes, we know you meddled in our elections. Yes we know you did it. Cut it out.’ And I think President Putin did exactly what we thought he would do, which is deny it.”
When pressed about why Trump hasn’t been unequivocal on Russian interference in the election Publicly, she said Trump was confrontational during the meeting.
“Everybody’s trying to nitpick what he says and what he doesn’t, but talk is one thing, actions are another,” she said. “He confronted President Putin. He made it the first thing that he talked about. And I think we have to now see where it goes from here.”