WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on his vote against the confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:
“The United Nations is a critical institution for promoting and protecting peace abroad, reducing hunger and poverty in developing countries, and bringing international criminals to justice.
“Governor Haley’s lack of foreign policy experience combined with a President who promotes isolationism and has been near outright hostile to the institution she’s been entrusted to lead gives me reason for concern.
“After careful review of Governor Haley’s testimony and written statements, and the number of difficult issues that we can expect the UN to encounter in the years ahead, I’m skeptical that the President and our Ambassador will play a constructive role in addressing the refugee crisis, climate change, nuclear nonproliferation, or the fundamental operations of the United Nations.
“The United States is strongest when it works in collaboration with our allies and partners. I am committed to supporting efforts and policies that will ensure we remain active rather than isolated from the international community.”