In an op-ed written for the New York Post, American Politician Nikki Haley vowed that if voted into power in the upcoming 2024 American Presidential elections, she would aim to withdraw and cut off every cent of foreign aid being given to any country that poses as an adversary to the USA, specifically mentioning Pakistan and China and further stating that “ A strong America doesn’t pay off the bad guys”.
Nikki Haley: US ambassador to the UN
Nikki Haley is an American politician who served as the 116th Governor of South Carolina and the 29th United States ambassador to the United Nations. She is currently the Presidential candidate of the US Republican Party, Grand Old Party (GOP). She formally launched herself as a candidate on the 15th of February for the upcoming United States Presidential elections which will be held in 2024, where she stated that she would be a part of a “new generation” of Republican Leaders.
She is also the first Indian American woman from the Republican party to run for the American Presidential elections and hopes that her background as an Indian-American immigrant would serve as an image for the newer generation of Republican Party members.
In the op-ed published in the New York Post, Miss Haley stated that the United States government has spent about USD 46 billion in foreign aid. Out of that, about USD 2 billion has been given to Iran, which comes as a surprise especially since the United States and Iran have held no formal diplomatic ties since April 1980 on top of which the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei banned direct talks with the United States in August 2018.
She further highlighted and talked about how the administration under President Joe Biden resumed its military aid to Pakistan, despite it being home to dozens of terrorist organizations and its close ties to China.
Not just Pakistan and Iran, but the United States has also given hundreds of millions of dollars to Zimbabwe, which has held the highest records of anti-American voting in the United Nations. Furthermore, aid has been provided to Cuba despite the United States’ declaration of naming Cuba as a designated state sponsor of terrorism.
Miss Haley spoke about how utilizing taxpayers’ money as foreign aid to national adversaries has not only eroded the trust of American citizens and furthered that if she were to be elected, she would strive to restore the trust of American citizens as well as national pride and strength.
She even mentioned former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more than $2 billion of military aid given to Pakistan, which was also designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, and how if she were to come into power, she would ensure that these policy decisions are brought back.
Though the first woman, Nikki Haley is not the only Indian-American to run as a presidential candidate for the 2024 elections. Vivek Ramaswamy, an Indian-American tech entrepreneur is also all set to run for the 2024 American Presidential elections, with his agenda of bringing “merit back” and ending the United States’ dependence on China. He is the author of “Woke Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam”, and is the founder of Roivant Sciences. He has also led the largest IPOs of 2015 and 2016.