Amid Trump backlash, his U.N. envoy says
stand up, isolate hate
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[August 19, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told staff in an email -
seen by Reuters on Friday - that everyone must stand up and condemn
hate, as President Donald Trump faces a backlash for his response to
violence at a protest by white nationalists.
Trump blamed both sides for clashes in the southern college town of
Charlottesville in Virginia last weekend, where white nationalists were
protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
A woman was killed when a suspected white nationalist plowed his car
into a crowd.
"Those who march spewing hate are few, but loud. We must denounce them
at every turn, and make them feel like they are on an island and isolate
them the same way they wish to isolate others," wrote Haley, a member of
Trump's cabinet, in the email sent Thursday to staff at the U.S. mission
to the United Nations.
Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, said the "horrible acts"
seen in Charlottesville "took me back to sad days dealing with the
Charleston tragedy in 2015."
Haley attracted national attention when she secured the removal of the
Confederate battle flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds after a
white supremacist killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston.
"People aren't born with hate. We all have a responsibility to stand up
and condemn it," Haley wrote in the email to staff, which did not refer
"While we should respect diversity of viewpoints, it is incumbent on us
to challenge hate with the values we cherish. And it is incumbent on us
to never, ever countenance violence as we do so," she said.
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President Donald Trump, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
(L) and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (R) speaks
to reporters after their meeting at Trump's golf estate in
Bedminster, New Jersey U.S. August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Trump has alienated Republicans, corporate leaders and U.S. allies,
rattled markets and prompted speculation about possible White House
resignations with his comments since the violence in
On Monday, Trump bowed to political pressure and denounced neo-Nazis
and the Ku Klux Klan by name, but on Tuesday he again inflamed
tensions by insisting counter-protesters were also to blame and that
there were "very fine people" among both groups.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and several top U.S. military
officers have since broadly condemned racism.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a Twitter post
on Tuesday said that racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and
Islamophobia were "poisoning our societies," adding: "We must stand
up against them. Every time. Everywhere."
(Editing by Richard Pullin)
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