Haley insists USA move on Jerusalem will 'move the ball forward'


Nikki Haley, the us ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard", a break from the administration's assertions that the allegations have no merit and should be dismissed. "Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women".

Many leaders in the region warned that the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would derail the process, but Haley said Wednesday Trump intentionally did not weigh in on the border and boundaries of the capital so as to not decide who controls the eastern portion of the city.

"You know, I am incredibly proud of the women who have come forward", she said. I know that he was elected.

Trump has been sued for defamation in NY by one of his accusers, Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who says Trump groped and kissed her in a hotel room in 2007 during a meeting to discuss a job opportunity. "They should be heard and they should be dealt with. And I think we heard from them prior to the election", Ms Haley said in an appearance on current affairs TV programme Face the Nation.

"And does the election mean that's a settled issue?"

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"You know", she said, "that's for the people to decide".

Ms Haley, discussing that cultural shift, applauded the women who have come forward: "I'm proud of their strength. So when we see it, we call them out on it".

Allegations of sexual misconduct against the president have been given renewed attention in recent weeks after several prominent men in the worlds of politics, entertainment and media have been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape. In October, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said all of Trump's accusers - more than a dozen women - are lying. In court in NY this week, an attorney for the president said he was too busy and important to appear in a defamation suit brought by one of his accusers.

On Sunday, Haley, who was the first female governor of SC, praised the courage of women who have raised complaints of harassment in various industries, including government and Hollywood, saying they will "bring a conscience to the situation".

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