There is “no question” that Russia interfered in the presidential election, according to the US ambassador to UN, who became the latest Trump appointed official to break ranks and suggest Kremlin interference.
Nikki Haley insisted the US President was not stopping her from "beating up on Russia" and she unequivocal about Moscow's involvement in the leadership race.
“Well, certainly, I think Russia was involved in the election,” she told ABC News' Martha Raddatz. “There's no question about that. And I think when they finish with all of this process, yes, they need to address Russia, they need to act, and they need to make sure they're loud about it.
“We don't want any country involved in our elections ever.”
Her stance appeared in stark contrast to her leaders, as Donald Trump has vehemently denied reports that he or members of his team have had any connections to Moscow.
He eventually conceded that Russian operatives may have been behind of the hack of Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) emails which were leaked just before their party conference last summer, but he has insisted that it did not affect the outcome of the election.
He has nonetheless continued his vitriolic attacks on media organisations who report on the Russian allegations.
Over the weekend, he tweeted: "It is the same Fake News Media that said there is 'no path to victory for Trump' that is now pushing the phony Russia story. A total scam! The real story turns out to be SURVEILLANCE and LEAKING! Find the leakers."
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
1/9 Trump and the media
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing
2/9 Trump and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Union leaders applaud US President Donald Trump for signing an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC. Mr Trump issued a presidential memorandum in January announcing that the US would withdraw from the trade deal
3/9 Trump and the Mexico wall
A US Border Patrol vehicle sits waiting for illegal immigrants at a fence opening near the US-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. The number of incoming immigrants has surged ahead of the upcoming Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, who has pledged to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. A signature campaign promise, Mr Trump outlined his intention to build a border wall on the US-Mexico border days after taking office
4/9 Trump and abortion
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus looks on in the Oval Office of the White House. Mr Trump reinstated a ban on American financial aide being granted to non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling, provide abortion referrals, or advocate for abortion access outside of the United States
5/9 Trump and the Dakota Access pipeline
Opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines hold a rally as they protest US President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing their construction, at Columbus Circle in New York. US President Donald Trump signed executive orders reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation
6/9 Trump and 'Obamacare'
Nancy Pelosi who is the minority leader of the House of Representatives speaks beside House Democrats at an event to protect the Affordable Care Act in Los Angeles, California. US President Donald Trump's effort to make good on his campaign promise to repeal and replace the healthcare law failed when Republicans failed to get enough votes. Mr Trump has promised to revisit the matter
7/9 Donald Trump and 'sanctuary cities'
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January threatening to pull funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" if they do not comply with federal immigration law
8/9 Trump and the travel ban
US President Donald Trump has attempted twice to restrict travel into the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries. The first attempt, in February, was met with swift opposition from protesters who flocked to airports around the country. That travel ban was later blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The second ban was blocked by a federal judge a day before it was scheduled to be implemented in mid-March
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9/9 Trump and climate change
US President Donald Trump sought to dismantle several of his predecessor's actions on climate change in March. His order instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate the Clean Power Plan, which would cap power plant emissions
At a congressional hearing last month, FBI Director James Comey confirmed the intelligence service was currently investigating whether the Kremlin coordinated with Mr Trump's team during the campaign.
General Michael Flynn, Mr Trump’s first choice to be national security adviser, was also forced to resign after just three weeks in the job when it was revealed he had failed to disclose a meeting he had had with Russian officials during the campaign.
Ms Hayley who was appointed ambassador by Mr Trump in January, said there was no contradiction between her tough attitude and his seemingly soft stance on Russia.
The former South Carolina governor, said he “has not once” told her to “stop beating up on Russia” over issues like its annexation of Crimea and continued actions in Ukraine and Syria.
"There's no love or anything going on with Russia right now," Ms Haley said. "They get that we're getting our strength back, that we're getting our voice back and that we're starting to lead again, and, honestly, at the United Nations, that's the No 1 comment I get is that they're just so happy to see the United States lead again."Reuse content