Haley: We don’t need other countries telling us what's right or wrong

Haley: We don’t need other countries telling us what's right or wrong
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump rules out Haley joining 2020 ticket The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' MORE on Sunday pushed back on criticism from world leaders who have condemned President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE's decision to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying the U.S. has the authority to choose the locations of its diplomatic offices.  

"We have the right to do whatever we want in terms of where we put our embassies," she told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

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"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. 

The U.N. Security Council joined a chorus of voices in the international community that condemned the decision, saying the move was "unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region."

Haley defended Trump's decision as a way to help “move the ball” on peace negotiations in the Middle East. She also brushed off the negative responses as an initial, but not long term, reaction to the decision.

"He had the courage to show it and I think a lot of Americans are having a huge sigh of relief because of it. And now, hopefully, we can see the peace process really come together," Haley told Wallace, adding that Trump carried out the "will of the American people" by standing by Israel.

Her remarks come after Trump announced last week that the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, sparking immediate criticism that the administration could disrupt the fragile peace process in the region. 

Many leaders in the region warned that the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would derail the process, but Haley said Wednesday that Trump intentionally did not weigh in on the border and boundaries of the capital so as to not decide who controls the eastern portion of the city. 

“That’s for the two sides to decide,” Haley said. “That’s not for the United States to decide.”

Israel captured and annexed east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim that part of the city as rightfully theirs.