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[applause] good evening, everyone and welcome to the george washington university. i am pleased to welcome you to tonight's event presented in partnership with politics and bookstore and the third in the george washington university's presidential distinguished event series. we launched the series last semester to give our students the opportunity to hear from renowned leaders, the individuals to bring dialogue insight and inspiration to the campus. in the heart of the capital, the university is fortunate to be surrounded by the many governmental nonprofit and international agencies and organizations that make decisions that affect each of us every day. this allowser us to be part of
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those decisions and allows our students access to the uniquely dcdc experiential learning opportunities and allows our faculty to provide rigorous high-quality scholarship and research to inform policymaking and problem-solving. and it allows the university to serve as a hub for timely discussions thaton are as important and relevant to all of us. tonight we are pleased to host the former united states ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley and a discussion about her new book with all due respect defending america with grit and grace which offers a first-hand perspective on the national and international matters. ambassador haley would be joined tonight w the moderator and senator johnny ernst who in 2014 was elected as the first woman
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to serve from the state of iowa. please enjoy this evening's discussion and thank you for being here. [applause] the results are what i promised the people and what i'm determined to give them. it's the single largest economic investment in the states more than 200 year history. manufacturing right here in charleston county. >> it's a great day in south
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carolina, $560 million invested. the best part is watching all these jobs not only going to the cities but go to rural south carolina because if you can give the personbe a job you can helpa family and we watched a lot of taken care of the last couple of years. >> to be the ambassador to the united nations and she has accepted. as the daughter of immigrants to be considered a rising star in the republican party and to be the first to become to the cabinet. >> the ambassador to the united nations is living proof of the promise of america. >> for anyone that says you can't get anything done at the un, they need to know there is a new sheriff in town.if >> there's a new u.s. un. you will see a change in the way we do business and for those that don't have power back, we are taking names.
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>> the council has been a protector of human rights abusers and political bias. >> if they attack the united states or our allies, the u.s. will respond, period. >> she is so tough and consistent and you just know you are not going to move her. they h said we want the embassyn the capital and that capital is jerusalem. america will put our embassy in jerusalem area that is what the american people want us to do and it is theme right thing to . no vote in the united nations will make any difference on it. i will not shut up. rather i will respectfully speak your truth.
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i didn't know that i would be elected into the legislature, i didn't know that they would be governor, i never thought i would be un ambassador. >> even though i am a private citizen i know that i'm too young to stop fighting.
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[applause] [cheering] good evening. welcome, everyone. thank you so much. thank you everyone for joining us tonight. we are going to have a wonderful discussion with ambassador w nii haley. canca we say thank you to her oe more time, please. [applause] thank you so much. thank you for being here. we are going to have a lovely discussion this evening with ambassador haley. and we will start with about 45 minutes of questions and those are questions i will be asking
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you, ambassador, and the ambasse will move on to about 15 minutes of questions from the audience. with that, ambassador, would you like to start with some remarks? a >> it is great to be at gw. i have to tell you -- [applause] thank you for posting this tonight and allowing us to be here. you are a rockstar and we are excited to watch everything you do. our son is looking to come here next fall so we will see that happen. [applause] there was a bit of an application process we have to go through first but having said that, thank you for having us. seriously, i know i am here, but how cool is it to have the first female combat veteran in the senate with us, johnny ernst. [applause] [cheering]
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you are so nice to do this and we are just going to have a funw conversation and hang out for a bit. that sounds great. and when the folks from the ambassador's office called and my staff reached out to me and said would you like to and the minute they said nikki haley, i said yes. i didn't even know what it was that i was excited to do it. with that, ambassador, we are going to go ahead and get started and i'm going to take us back a little bit in history because a lotbi of folks maybe don't know about your background or how did you grew up. we will start there because i think it really sets the stage for the wonderful years yet to come. and you reallyde describe your american story and how you didn't quite fit in as a girl growing g up in the south.
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the south. what was that experience like for you growing up as the daughter weng all know that indn immigrants. you were living in rural south carolina. we lived in a small town called vandenberg south carolina. we were the only indian family in that town. we were not white enough to be white or black enough to n be black. my father wore a turban, he still does to thiss day. they didn't know who we were, what flavo cleaver or why we wee there. and i remember being on the playground and coming home after being teased and my mom would always say your child is sent to show people how you are different. your job is to show people how you are similar. and it's amazing how the lesson i learned on the playground play felt in my life in the corporate world as a legislator, as governor, as ambassador because wheambassador becausewhen you ad challenge, if you first talk about what you've agree on
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first, people let their guard down and then you are more likely to get to a solution by pushing through the challenge, so little did i know that what turned out to be a great lesson along the way. >> what a great. lesson and your mother is wise beyondot her yea. >> she tells me that everyday. [laughter] >> of course she does. >> she's a great mom. so, some folks might not realize that before you were ambassador niki haley, and before you were governor nikki haley, you actually served in the legislature, is that correct? >> i did. so, what's interesting is my mom started a business from scratch, and a few years into her business, her accountant was going to leave and she needed to train someone. finally a few days before she left she said i'm getting concerned. train a have someone to
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tree i happened to be walking by, and my mom grabbed my arm and said to train her, she canai do it. and she said she's 13. and she said train her, she will do it. so, at 13, i was balancing the bank account, writing the checks, making sure we were doing bank deposits, the whole bit. it wasn't until i go to college got to collegei realized that w. now i totally realized it was child labor. [laughter] [laughter] through thabut through that proi developed a love of him resented the fact that none was told a story and every problem can be fixed by removing the numbers around, and so ended up graduating with a degree in accounting from princeton university, a go tigers. [cheering] and then went on to the corporate world and brought tired of working for the guys down the hall, came back down to the family business and one day i was just sitting there
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complaining again and my mom was. i was complaining about how hard it was to make a dollar and how easy it was for the government to take it and my mom said complaining about it and do something about it. i did not know you are not supposed to run against a 30 year incumbent in the primary. i truly didn't. ignorance is bliss sometimes. i wasn't a kid in college i was in politics. i never knew to go for stupid government. that wasn't me. so, once i got into -- once i realized that i've gotten myself into, the only option was to win. so, my husband drove, i was in the passenger seat of the kids were in the back and we started talking on the doors. he was the longest-serving legislature at a time in the state of south carolina. i would balk on doors and not say anything disparaging about him. i would say we appreciate what he's done all these years, but we think that there is, you know, i think i could do something different. and i always just talked about me. i didn't talk about him and was
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fortunate enough to get elected. then fast forward a little bit. i'm in the legislature a few years and in south carolina, whenever they were passing legislation, it was to write a voice vote. all in favor, i mac, all the post, they have it. one day there was a piece of legislation that went across the desk and gave legislators pay raises. all in favor, i mac, opposed, silent. toto this day you can't find one legislator tha but said they vod themselves a pay raise. i got really upset and went to the speaker of the house and i said this is why people don't trust us. and the next day i filed a bill that said anything important enough to be debated on the floor of the house or the senate is important enough to have a vote on the record. the speaker called me in. he said put the doorway. we don't need to have it. we will decide what the public
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needs to see and what they don't. i remember going home that night and talking to my husband and saying if i can't even get legislated votes on the record, what am i doing here, and he said then go fight. so, i went across the state of south carolina and said did you know of all the bills passed the house, only 8% were on the record. did you know of all the bills passed in the senate, only 1% is on the record. so come if you didn't know how your house member voted, 92% of the time, you didn't know how your senator voted 99% of the time how did you know who to vote for when you go to w the polls and the people of south carolina were shocked. to put it all in perspective, my first year in office i was the chairman of the freshman class. my second year jordy wickens may 30 year i was put on a powerful business committee, my fourth year subcommittee chair of thinking. the year i wouldn't put the bill the way they stripped me of everything. i could go to the well and no
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one would hear the bill. iihe could try to get support, i couldn't get it. so i ran for governor. [laughter] and proud to say one of the first those be signed into law is now in the south carolina. any piece of legislation debated on the floor of the houseon or e senate has to have a vote on the record and we took it a step further and they have to show their vote onw the record on every section of the budget as well. >> now, very inspiring. very. i love it. i love the transparency. so, this next question, folks, this is a hard one. you have had such an inspirational life and i'm going to go back to probably some very hard, dark days that you had as
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the governor of the beautiful state of south carolina and many of you will know what i'm referencing, but out of despair can come inspiration and true leadership. so, this next question ambassador coming to at the tragic killing of nin nine and t at the emmanuel methodist episcopal church in 2015. during your time as governor which led to the position to bring a confederate flag down from the ground of the state capital can you tell us a little bit about that time and how that incident affected the people and the state of south carolina and then as well if you can, what did you do to bring those citizens together and unite
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everyone? >> and my heart goes out to the community in california that had the shooting today. i mean, when something like that happens, it's not just the people in the room that are affected. it's the entire community that is affected. and on that night, we have 12 people whhad 12people who did wn south carolina do one every wednesday night. theyy went to bible study. but on this night, someone else showed up. he didn't look like them, he didn't sound like them or act like them. they didn't call the cops would throw him out. instead, they pulled up a chair and prayed with him for an hour. when they bowed their heads in that last prayer, he began to shoot.
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these were people like ethel who lost her daughter two years prior to breast cancer and she had a broken heart, but she would go a round of th around tn manual church cleaning the church and she would sing one day at a time, sweet jesus, that is all i ask of you, give me the strength to do every day but i have to do. our youngest victim just graduated college, was so excited about his life but on the night, he stood in front of his 87-year-old great aunt susie, looked at the killer inside you don't have to do this, we mean no harmav to you. or people like cynthia whose life motto was simply to be kinder w than necessary. that is who these people were. they were not famous. a lot of people didn't know them, but they loved their families, they love their church and be with their community.
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and when that happened come into the south carolina to our knees. it's the first time we had a shooting in a a religious place. and i remember all i wanted to do was to protect the state because the national media came in strong and they wanted to define it in to talk about it, they wanted to immediately debatete racism, they wanted to debate gun control, the death penalty, youou name it they were talking about it and i remember strong-arming them back saying we are not going to do this, we are going to giveo the time to the families, we are going to go through the funerals. there will be a time and place to have the discussions, but it isn't now. the next day, the killer comes out with a manifesto and he's holding up the confederate flag. now the confederate flag flew in front of the statehouse in south carolina. it used to be on top of the dome and then they compromised in
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2000 and it came right in front of the statehouse. when he did that, we have a lot of people in south carolina have andhave a great respect for the confederate flag not out of reasons ar of paid out of the ft that it's service and their ancestors and sacrifice that is the way they look at it, and then you had obviously the small minority that saw it for what it was, but he hijacked what that was. i take it a step further, another day or two days after that and it was the first time that he was going to be in the courthouse facing the judge. the families showed up, unprompted, unplanned, and one by one stood in front of the killer and forgave him. and that forgiveness was so overwhelming that we didn't have protests, we had vigils. we didn't have violence, we have
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hugs. and we went through a tough few weeks where we have to debate where the confederate flag needed to go into the good people of south carolina stepped up andup the flood was moved to the museum and the people of south carolina showed the entire world what it means to get rlthrough a tragedy. the foster out of despair there comes inspiration. i just want to thank the people of south carolina. with your leadership, ambassad ambassador, for showing us how we get through those difficult times by sharing love t with one another and not featured or violence, but love and forgiveness. so, thank you for that. we are going to move ahead a little bit and talk about the
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next step from being a par goveo the great state of south carolina and i would like you to tell the audience a littlee bit about when you were offered the position to be un ambassador and was it a difficult decision for you to make and what were those conversations like with president donald trump when he was asking you to take on this smomentous position? >> i knew the president a few years prior after they won y the primary for governor the first time, i received this envelope with t a great gold trim and it had a check and there was a note that said you are a winner. [laughter] i had talked to him then and we stayed in contact over the years thanan we had a republican primy
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and we have 16 people on the stage, a lot of talent on the stage. and i put my backing on another candidate and it was around that time where he sent something out that said nikki haley is an embarrassment to south carolina. [laughter] in which i responded bless your heart. [laughter] [applause] but wete really did have a respt for each other. i knew if you kicked him he was going to holler and he knew if you push me i'm going to push back. fast forward, he wins the primary i supported him in the general coming and i get a call from his new chief of staff and so he says i need you to come to new york and i said for what and he said the president elect wants to see you and i set about plot and he said secretary of state. i said secretary of state, i'm a
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governor, i can't be secretary of state and he said he wants to see you and we need you to come and so i go in the next morning. i go into his office into the first thing he says s is i guess your guy didn't win. [laughter] he just couldn't helpdn himself. just couldn't help himself. [laughter] i let him kind of stew a little bit and then we had a great conversation and i said i'm not your person. we've got a lot going on in the world today. you don't need someone with a learning curve. ing want to be helpful and supportive, anything i can do to help you i would be happy to. later that week they call again. he said don't say anything i just need you to listen. u.s. ambassador to the united nations. i said i don't even know what the united nations does i just know everybody hates it. [laughter] he said the president is going to call you on monday. i need you to think about it.
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so we get home, my husband is on the computer companies as i think you would be really good at thiste and wasn't a good time because our son was 15 and i didn't come it would have been a tough time to move them. our daughter was a freshman in college, michael and i., my husband, we take care of my parents, they are both in their 80s, my mom has parked in wins. it would have been a tough move to go to new york. the president called up monday and said okay you've got to do this. i said sir, does it have to be some conditions for me to consider it and he said okay what are they. i said i've been a governor. i don't want to work for anyone again. i would want her to go to work directly wit with users would nd to be a cabinet position. he said dunn. i said i'm a policy girl and i would want to be in the room and decisions are made so i would need to be on the national security council, he said don. i said i'm not going to be a wallflower or talking head. i need to be able to say what ni think. he said that is exactly why i want you to do this and he was true to his word from the first
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day to the last. >> i love it. [applause] i know we have a lot of young people in the audience a lot of people ask me how i knew to ask for those things. and what you have to remember is there's one lesson i've learned to live by and that is pushed through the fear. when the challenge comes in front of you, your reaction is naturally to step back but if you lean in and pushed through the fear, you find out you are so much stronger on the other side. side.
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>> so the book is actually but it is full of stories about working with president trump in the white house there are plenty of stories and inside information you can share for that would could be enlightening for the audience like many people ask i got out of the administration without a tweet to. [laughter]
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and really it was just the fact i was very honest with the president brick i thought it was important to use him what i wanted for my cabinet as governor to serve the people, be creative and i wanted them to speak up if they saw me going in a wrong direction perk with the present and i was always very honest perk of you did something i thought was good i supported i push through and rallied to go if i sawid him making what i thought was a wrong decision i would call or meet with him and say i think this is a mistake instead i thank you should consider this. he would always say how do you see that playing out? and we would discuss that he was really good about hearing other opinions. he didn't need one all the time but he was open to listening. but he would often so at
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united nations one week out of the year were 193 countries with those calibrations every head of state comes in to give massive speech so this was the president's first high-level week speech. and he gave me a call and said i just want to touch base did you give the speech i said yes it's fantastic and it was bad i really want to set the tone for you. the un is a different kind of place. it is serious. so when you give your speech it's not like a rally. [laughter] ysaid they will not cheer for
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you. but don't take it personally. i want you to think of it like church. he said church. got it got it. [laughter] and he said but i have this one thing i have this idea want to run it past you. he said i was thinking about calling what if i referred to kim jung-un as little rocket man inf the speech? [laughter] i said sir remember the part i said about church? [laughter] it is a really serious crowd i don't know how they will take it but you are ther president brick if you want to do it you can. he said i tweeted out this morning and it killed with my base i thought it was fantastic. [laughter] so now fast-forward a couple
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days later he's going to give this speech we sit down with the north korean delegation is in the front row. [laughter]r] i and then he goes and says it. [laughter] and everybody is sitting there and they have their translator pieces in. [laughter] and all use - - all of a sudden you see them go, . [laughter] and then they started to laugh. a few hours later i meeting with the president of uganda he sits back and says ambassador, what are we going to do about this little rocket man? [laughter] and before the week was over everybody was referring to him as rocket man. [laughter] but that's one of many stories of working with thehe president. [laughter] [applause]
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>> i bet there are hundreds more. >> never a dull moment. one topic i am always very interested in is leadership. there is a chapter in the book i don't get confused with women's leadership so as a woman, what does it mean to know the power of your voice? that is something you do reference quite a bit in your book. >> i always thought people should use the power of their voice you really can move things if you use it at the right place at the right time with the right tone. and i think it's something you learnou over time of when the right time is you always hear pick and choose yourr battles and as you get further along i
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don't always use it if movingng is hot and and the blood pressure is going up you can wait 24 hours usually and then the right things come out but the other thing is that use your voice to protect yourself. the book with all due respect comes from a time where i needed to insert myd voice and from the fact we had a national security council meeting and through the meeting everyone decided we would put sanctions on russia. i talk to the president the next day we were goingxt forward
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and i was never on the sunday shows unless they asked me to be they asked me to be on face the nation that sunday morning so i go on we are discussing russia and i say sanctions are coming down sanctions are coming if he hasn'tmn already. and then we left it i get a call from stephen who is a hagreat friend and said nikki we have a problem. he said the president changed his mind. he's not going to do the sanctions. fine. the president can always change his mind. i don't fault him for that that was a different strategy i said fix it. he said they will come out with a statement that will get that addressed go the next morning the statement comes
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out and does not fix itte the press still ask the question what is happening so i called multiple people in the administration chief of staff, secretary of state national security advisor bolton at the time and said we have a problem. there's nothing with the president changing his mind just tell the truth. but everybody is calling our office you need to fix this they said okay. that was monday tuesday morning happened a level is rising and i said okay. this is thed deal either you fix it by 5:00 o'clock today or i will and trust me it will go a lot better if you fix it. nothing happened. larry kudlow goes out in front of the press and they asked the question about the sanctions and he said well i
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think nikki got momentarily confused. so that was it. i happened to look at the television and the five was getting ready to come on fox. i called my friend dana perino and said can you call me real quick? i said i need to put out a statement. will you just say one sentence. with all due respect, i don't get confused. [applause] she said that's it i said that's it. i will text it to you so you writing. and then within ten minutes larry calls me. i'm so sorry i have my tail between my legs you know i
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love you. i said at what point do you say i am confused?on he said i know i should not have done it. trust me i will make it up to you. i said you will make it up too me and you will do it by going out there to tell them you were wrong and i wasn't. he said i can't do that i said n'ouyou can and you will. he did. immediately went out and contacted a reporter but what was surprising to me that it was a simple moment of me defending myself and how it lfwent viral how many people have been in a moment that nobody will protect your integrity but you. if they say they're going to do it but that's all you have
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you have to know how to protect yourself but that's another lesson learned. >> another powerful voice and were glad you have been able to defend yourself. it is a true string. >> you can always kick with a smile you don't have to be hateful to get your point acros across. >> absolutely the power of your voice you have use the power of your voice in certain circumstances to pull people together after tragedy and power to defend yourself but there are other times and i remember clearly when you use the power of your voice to have the backs of our allies when you were serving as avambassador to the united nations how many of yoube
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remember? [applause] taking names of those who don't have our allies backs? i remember that quite clearly. i was really impressed. so just explain what is taking names mean to you? >> i really didn't think it would ripple or ruffle as many feathers as it did that's when i realized i wasn't that much of a diplomat. but when i went to the united nations obviously i did a crash course in foreign policy to study who are friends and foes were and conflicts that i purposely did not study the dues and dents - - dues and
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don'ts of the un i wanted fresh eyes. and then to talk to the president the first time it's a new day the united states they don't have to like us but rithey need to know what we are for and against and not have any gray areas in the process. we will have the backs of our allies and we will be taking names of those were not with us. what i saw was you have 193 countries most resent us on any given day every day felt like you had to put on body armor you need have a fight
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you just didn't know which country but they would jab and then turn around and want their handout with foreignou aid and that's the part that would bother me perfect example you have pakistan giving them $1 billion of aid for their military and they were turning around to harbor terrace trying to kill our soldiers. it didn't make sense that was not being a good partner they were not having our backs we don't give that billion dollars to pakistan anymore. [applause] that doesn't mean they can't be our friend again in the future but we have to change the way we do our relationships and that's important to have the backs of our friends i went in there it was like reliving that feeling
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as a five -year-old on the playground to see the way israel was bullied at the united nations was the most unconscionable thing i had ever seen. here is a country that is a bright spot in a tough neighborhood who shares our democratic values. all values that we share and you sought israel just constantly kicked and kicked because they always had been. they would have one session on the middle east every single month we have plenty of issues in the middle east but all they would talk about is israel i referred to it as the israel bashing session it was taking names of friends and foes to make sure everybody knew we were holding them to occount. [applause] >> taking names.
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i have one more general question following the same theme taking names and the power of your voice you were an outspoken champion for human rights while you were at the human including venezuela and the drc and the time you spent visiting those affected areas of war and conflict thank you for doing that can you tell us about those experiences and how they shape your work at the united nations? >> everybody deserves human dignity the unfortunate part at the job of the land you go to places where most americans
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don't want to go and you see things you cannot un- see i would always make a point to ask when we go to an areaan to sit with women. no offense to the fellas in the audience but the women have a way to sit down with them and then started their own businesses and focused on their kids really always had what was needed. going to jordan and turkey with the syrian refugees. and then to need psychological help the terms of finding jobs
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are going to sell sudan there was one woman that i talked to she started to tell me the story of how she had six kids and couldn't look them in the eye in the morning for breakfast and she started to cry. i said why? because they saw me get raped in front of them. so you hear the stories and at that camp there were 100 women in the room i was sitting on a chair and they would start to tell their story. one would start crying then the whole room had because they had all been traumatized. so i end up on the floor hugging them and helping them and youu really do realize that
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every person deserves the freedoms the ability to worship and to be safe and my parents reminded my brothers and sisters how blessed we were to live in america. you go to those places and you come back and realize that we truly are very blessed. [applause] >> we willy move into audience aquestions. audience question number one how do you feel about the armed forces coming out of syria and what next actions
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where you personally recommend to the united states government to do next? this is a tough one because i disagreed strongly with us pulling forces out of syria and the reason is the kurds had been there and fought alongside us for years. may have lost a lot of blood 11000 of lost their lives. the kurds have been alongside us none of us wants to be at a war. but the asset to have troops seon the ground is so important when you saw aku bakr
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al-baghdadi get killed because those troops on the ground and they could communicate in a where he y was. that so we have to remember we have military forces. to make sure we don't get into another war so i'm glad the president has decided whether to watch the oilfields but in hot spots like that we have to have a footprint in afghanistan well over 100,000 troops now are down to 14000. and serving in afghanistan.
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and you know that better than anybody. and then to keep an ear on the ground. and that we appreciate their partnership over the years. [applause] >> we do need those forces on the ground and even the dogs. [laughter] ambassador what led you to conservativismiv? an interesting question.esting oren i was running for office the first time. i didn't know if i was a republican or democrat. my friendd said, i told her i wanted to run for office.
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when my mom said do something about i decided i wanted to run i started to talk to different people. and everybody gave me a reason why i should not do it. too young, small children , just start at the school board level and not at the statehouse level. all these reasons they said not to do it. i went to a woman's leadership event and hillary clinton was there. she happened to say for all the reasons people tell you not to dol it that's exactly the reason that you should. [applause] so hillary clinton is actually the reason. i may not agree with her on a lot of things but she is the reason i made the jump. and said i don't know but do
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you think government should tell you how to live your life or how you should decided i said i want to decide how. do you think government should control how you spend your money or should you?u i said if i work hard i want to spend my money. and said do you think government can fix more things than not i said government definitely fixes that more than affixes and she says honey you are a republican. [laughter] ey[applause] >> the next audience question. as a first-generation american a southerner and a female and
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a parent and conservative how would you respond to those who don't feel the republican party is welcoming to minorities and women? the republican party can always do better. and you are a strong republican woman and to encourage women. i want women involve republican or democrat. they need to use the power of their voices as much as they can. [applause] of course i want them to be republicans but it is tough right now because what i have
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found is the left is really hard on republican women. they really give us a hard time if we don't think like they do. you can turn on the tv and to see how toxic it that constantly i am hit from the woman or indian. i saw yesterday one was being hit by the left as well and we just get badgered the only way to fix that is to get more of us out there to use the power of our voice to do it. i saw then schapiro give a speech the other day and he was criticizing anti-semitism and hate against the alt right and the left came out against him. republicans get a bad rap and
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we could do better the one thing i have always said being native american republican shouldn't wait for minorities to come toto them they should go to those groups you should go to those places that are uncomfortable to go one because you will learn in open doors of communication that you never had so i see that with the native american and jewish community and so many republican party needs to do a better job when the left hits us they cannot have the double standard and then bash the women on our side. >> we are living in
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interesting times. we have a few minutes left so i will ask this last question. for the day and the age that we live in a final audience question for ambassador haley partisanship seems dead in american politics. what can politicians do to bridge that divide to bring more civilityvi back to american politics? >> it's a very toxic time right now. it's uncomfortable for you know it's bad because somebody puts down a good piece of policy everybody wants too know whose it is if they decide whether or not to support it. that's when we know we had a low.
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we have watched both parties refer to each other as evil. that hits a soft white with me because i have seen t evil. have been to the drc with a use rape as a weapon of war. i have been to southf sudan where i have met with women who have said military took their babies from them and threw them into a fire and then force them to eat the m atbabies flesh. i have been on the simon boulevard bridge watching thousands of venezuelans holding their babies to get the one meal that day. the average venezuelan adult has lost 24 pounds. i have to look at pictures of children who have died of chemical weapons and syria. that is evil. what we have in our country
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are real issues that deserve real debate. but we need to be responsible and realize that through all of that real debate still on our worst day we are blessed to live in america and we need to be grateful. l[applause] >> before we and i want to take a point of personal privilege you cannot write a book like this and poor your heart and soul out without having a fantastic partner to write it with. i had an amazing collaborator .nd she is here with us tonight. jessica please stand up on that everybody see her face. pe. [applause]
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fantastic. this has been an enjoyable evening. ambassador haley thank you so much. we have one last thing we would like to do thank you for the wonderful hospitality you have shown here at gw university. thank you for your leadership it's a pleasure to get to know you. >> we will memorialize the moment with a selfie. [laughter] everybody hold up your book. we have a photographer coming.
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