U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said recently that it was “patently ridiculous” for the international organization to look into the problem of extreme poverty inside the United States.

A new U.N. report highlighted the disturbing rates of poverty in income inequality in American in spite of its status as one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Haley scoffed at the report’s conclusions.

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Haley wrote, “It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America.” Her response came just a day before Phillip Alston, special U.N. repporter, presented the findings of his report to the U.N. Human Rights Council.


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Haley’s response recommended the U.N. should spend its time and resources looking into countries “whose governments knowingly abuse human rights.” She went on to call out the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi specifically.

This exchange comes at a time when the U.S. made the surprise decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council last month.

In contrast, other lawmakers such as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vermont) tweet stating his concern about the report’s findings.

When presenting the report on Friday, Alston condemned the Trump administration’s “massive new tax cuts overwhelmingly benefitting the wealthy.” He added, “if you want to talk about the American dream, a child born into poverty has almost no chance of getting out of poverty in today’s United States, statistically…The U.S. economy is currently booming. But the question is who is benefiting.”

In Haley’s response, she argued “poverty is an issue the Trump administration takes very seriously,” claimed the U.S. currently had a low rate of unemployment but “the best way to help people get out of poverty is to help them get a job.”

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