[embed-1]U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley may have had plans to take in Fourth of July festivities from her Manhattan penthouse apartment. Or maybe she’d be back home in the Midlands for a relaxing day. Instead, the former S.C. gov spent her first Fourth as the leader of the American delegation to the United Nations “in meetings all day.” All day.
“#ThanksNorthKorea,” she tweeted.
With North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un reportedly testing intercontinental missiles this week, Haley was working over Independence Day as one of the United States’ top diplomats, trying to calm the situation on the Korean peninsula.
[embed-2] President Donald Trump didn’t seem too pleased with the developments either, tweeting Monday night, “Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?”
But the response to Haley’s tweet probably didn’t go as planned. Critics responded, pointing to troops and diplomats living overseas and families mourning loved ones lost in service to their country, calling Haley’s sarcastic tweet tone-deaf.
[embed-3]Later in the day, Haley issued a statement with her Japanese and South Korean counterparts decrying the latest missile tests and calling for an emergency Security Council meeting. North Korea is believed to be a poor nation, but is known to have nuclear capabilities and maintains a large army in close proximity to Russia, China, Asia, South Korea, and Japan.
This week, President Donald Trump travels to Germany this week for a meeting of the G-20, the largest world’s largest economic powers.