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Nikki Haley says women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard"

11 December 2017

US President Donald Trump's United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley, said on Sunday that all women who come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct should be heard and "dealt with", including the some twenty women who have accused the president of assaulting them.

When asked what she thinks of the "cultural shift" taking place in the U.S., Haley said she is "incredibly proud of the women who have come forward". And I think we heard from them prior to the election.

"We don't need other countries telling us what's right and wrong", she added, after being asked about backlash from the U.N. General Assembly. "And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up".

More than 10 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he was elected.

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Following Wednesday's announcement, Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Saeb Erekat, said in a statement that it "destroyed any possibility of a two-state (solution)" and told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that "President Trump tonight made the biggest mistake of his life". "So when we see it, we call them out on it".

Last October, Trump said all his accusers would be sued after the presidential election.

"I'm proud of their strength".

"I just watched Senator Al Franken do the honorable thing and resign from his office, " Booker said.

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly denied accusations against him, calling them "totally fake news".

While the latest move by the administration may impact the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as Vice President Mike Pence prepares to visit the Middle East, Haley maintains that "both sides" will come to table and "decide what they think Jerusalem should look like". Mr Moore and his campaign have vociferously rejected those allegations as politically motivated falsehoods, saying: "I have never engaged in sexual misconduct".

"I want the Security Council and all of the worldwide community to understand: when you bully Israel, you are not helping the peace process", she said.

"The accusations against Trump have recirculated with the current conversation about sexual harassment in Congress and allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of pursuing relationships with teenagers, molesting a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old when he was in his 30s".

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Nikki Haley says women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct