President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for UN Ambassador said Wednesday that the administration will consider solutions to global warming so long as they don’t affect American business.
“I think the climate change issue should always be on the table, but we don’t want the Paris agreement to interfere with our economy,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The Palmetto State Republican told Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico that the Trump administration would impress upon the UN that any solution to global warming must not come at the U.S.’s expense. She noted also that she would not agree with last year’s Paris climate agreement if it results in draconian regulations that hurt American workers.
Hailey’s position on the Paris agreement is in line with Trump’s.
The former reality TV star — now president-elect — once suggested that climate change is a “hoax created by China” to disrupt the U.S. economy and harm American business. He has since moderated his tone, telling reporters earlier this month that he is “open-minded” on global warming.
Haley made no bones about her support for Trump during the presidential campaign, and even suggested he won the White House over Republican objections.
She stated in November after the real estate tycoon’s victory that if we as Republicans are going to lead effectively and have staying power as the governing party, “we must accept that Donald Trump’s election was not an affirmation of the way Republicans have conducted themselves.”
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