Russia carried out “warfare” against the United States when it meddled in the 2016 presidential election, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday, a sharp departure from President Trump’s views on the tampering.
“When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare,” Haley said, according to the Washington Examiner. ”It really is, because you’re making sure that the democracy shifts from what the people want to giving out that misinformation.”
Despite consensus from the US intelligence community that the Kremlin interfered in the election, Trump has dismissed the claims as sour grapes from Democrats upset that he defeated Hillary Clinton.
Haley said Russia didn’t confine they’re involvement to just the US election, she said Moscow is conducting other cyber-intrusions around the world.
”They are doing this everywhere. This is their new weapon of choice,” she said at a panel at the George W. Bush Institute.
Haley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, said the election tampering is the reason for the frosty relationship between the former Cold War foes.
“I find it fascinating because the Russians, God bless them, they’re saying, ‘Why are Americans anti-Russian?’” she said. “And why have we done the sanctions? Well, don’t interfere in our elections and we won’t be anti-Russian.”