Nikki Haley forces public UN meeting to put Assad’s defenders in ‘full public view’
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley refused to hold a closed session on Friday about the U.S. missile strike against Syria, and instead forced a public session to shame countries who might defend Syria’s chemical weapons attack.
“This morning, Bolivia requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the events in Syria. It asked for the discussion to be held in closed session,” Haley said in a statement. “The United States, as president of the Council this month, decided the session would be held in the open. Any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do so in full public view, for all the world to hear.”
The meeting is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.
Haley made headlines earlier this week after making an impassioned speech about Syria President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons attack on his own people. She ripped Russia’s support for Assad and showed pictures of the effects of the sarin gas that killed up to 100 people and injured hundreds more.
President Trump ordered 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired at a Syrian air base in the central part of the country Thursday in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack. The base is thought to be the place from where the chemical weapons attack originated.
U.S. officials don’t believe the attack will cripple Assad’s ability to do future attacks, but it was a signal sent to both Syria and the Russians that chemical weapons attacks are unacceptable.