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Nikki Haley complains that Kim Jong Un made her work on July 4th

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations tweeted about it, and Americans were not too sympathetic.
Nikki Haley 4th of July
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Ugh — isn't it unfair when you have work on a holiday? Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, thinks so too! Especially when you have to skip the beach and BBQ to strategize how to forestall the eventual nuclear destruction of the West Coast.

Yesterday, Haley apparently had to head into the office after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un conducted a successful test of the country's first intercontinental ballistic missile. Some analysts said it had the potential to hit Alaska. Haley complained about this interruption of her holiday on Twitter, stating, "Spending my my 4th in meetings all day. #ThanksNorthKorea."

 

Womp-womp!

Haley's nudgy hashtag carried considerably less potential consequence than President Trump's barely oblique threat to North Korea about the test. But it went over like a perhaps-no-longer-proverbial lead balloon on Twitter, where it was perceived as tone deaf — either inadvertently so, or part of a directive that U.S. government officials are now to be as sloppy and oblivious on Twitter as possible.

There were suggestions that, as someone who literally represents the United States to the world, Haley could have sent a more appropriate holiday message, such as thanking the Armed Forces.

 

 

Others pointed out Haley's lack of perspective.

 

Some wondered if Trump's liberal golf-weekend schedule had become an administration-wide expectation.

 

In a speech at the United Nations today, Haley said the United States was prepared to use "our considerable military forces" in response to the North Korean test.

"Time is short. Action is required. The world is on notice," she said. "If we act together, we can still prevent a catastrophe and we can rid the world of a grave threat. If we fail to act in a serious way, there will be a different response."

 
 
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