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Nikki Haley suggests standing strong against Russia: 'I don't think we can trust them'

Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) seemed to break with President-elect Donald Trump on Russia during her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday for the role of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley was straightforward in saying Russia committed war crimes in its bombing of Aleppo, Syria, and also acknowledged that Crimea, the Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, is part of Ukraine. "We need to let [Russia] know we are not okay with what happened in Ukraine and Crimea, and what is happening in Syria," Haley said. Trump, on the other hand, suggested in July he "might recognize Crimea as Russian," Reuters noted.

Haley, noting Russia will likely always be "at the forefront" of issues the U.S. is facing, said that she believes Russia is "trying to show their muscle" right now. "I think we always have to be cautious," she said. "I don't think we can trust them."

Catch Haley's take on Russia below. Becca Stanek