The next is a transcript of an interview with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations, broadcast Sunday, April 18, 2021 on “Face the Nation.”
MARGARET BRENNAN: What new commitments has the USA secured, and with out India and China on board, is not this going to be a failure?
UN AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I- I do not assume it’ll be a bust. Actually, I believe this is a chance for us to listen to from different international locations what new commitments they intend to make. We intend to encourage them to enhance their sport and to specific brazenly on this discussion board what they intend to do to sort out local weather change. And we hope that India and China will be part of us.
MARGARET BRENNAN: I wish to ask you about these 1000’s of refugees who discovered that they’re now stranded. They thought they have been coming to the USA, however they’re unsure as a result of President Biden signed this admission restrict for refugees at this traditionally low variety of 15,000. Why did he break his promise?
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I do not assume the president broke his promise, we’re this – it is a first step and we’re trying on the infrastructure we have now in place to assist convey refugees to the USA. This infrastructure has been nearly destroyed over the previous 4 years. And so it is only a – a primary installment. And I do know the president intends to revisit these numbers within the coming months.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Effectively, simply two months in the past the president mentioned it was 62,000, after which yesterday he signed the paperwork capping at 15,000, and the White Home cited unspecified fees on the Refugee Resettlement Workplace. Is that this a manner of claiming that the migrant disaster on the American border is stopping the USA from accepting refugees from all around the world?
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I do not assume that is the case, I’ve labored on refugee resettlement points a part of my profession, and I do know that internet hosting refugees requires a really in depth infrastructure of companies. concerned within the remedy of refugees, companies which are concerned within the resettlement of refugees and communities that can settle for these refugees. This infrastructure must be rebuilt in order that we are able to be certain that we are able to convey refugees to the USA in an orderly vogue. And I do know that’s what is presently underneath severe consideration and work. And I anticipate our numbers to extend. The president is dedicated to refugees. He made it clear throughout the marketing campaign and he made it clear final week.
MARGARET BRENNAN: So that you anticipate that 62,500 goal to be met?
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I do know that purpose is there and that all the pieces will likely be carried out to attain that purpose. I additionally know–
MARGARET BRENNAN: Okay.
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: – how tough it’s to attain it, however I can say unquestionably that every one the sources we have now will likely be used to attain this purpose and possibly even transcend.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Final week you gave a speech that I wish to ask you about, as a result of it bought a whole lot of consideration. You mentioned, “The unique sin of slavery woven white supremacy into our founding paperwork and rules.” You mentioned white supremacy was tied to the homicide of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor continued to discriminate towards Muslims and Asian People. America likes to think about it as offering ethical management to the world. Are you saying we’re kidding ourselves?
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: No, I believe we’re nice leaders, our nation isn’t excellent, however we proceed to develop it. These imperfections are a part of our historical past and we have to speak about them. It is – it is our energy to have the ability to speak about our imperfections to the world and name different nations for those self same imperfections. So this isn’t a criticism. It’s a recognition of our historical past. It is a recognition of the place we began. However we have now to take a look at the place we’re. The truth that I got here from a separate highschool and am now the everlasting consultant of the USA to the United Nations says loads about what our nation is. And I look ahead to persevering with to collaborate with different international locations, to make use of our instance, to indicate these different international locations what they might obtain. However we nonetheless have a whole lot of work to do and we have now to acknowledge it. However we should additionally work to proceed to enhance our nation. (00:08:16)
MARGARET BRENNAN: Nevertheless it’s exactly due to the… the position you play as a member of cupboard that it has attracted a lot criticism. I imply the Wall Avenue Journal editorial board known as you “Ambassador of Blame America First” and mentioned, “It sounded such as you have been reciting Chinese language propaganda about America and also you imagine your job is to convey to the world a essential idea of race with an emphasis on criticizing your individual nation. “To be clear, are you evaluating bigotry in America to mass atrocities towards minorities world wide?
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I acknowledged what’s a truth of the USA. Racism exists on this nation and I believe that was a strong message. Think about some other nation doing this. Our nation, the particularity of our nation, is that we are able to criticize ourselves and we are able to transfer ahead and our values are clear. And the aim of this speech was to show our values, but in addition to acknowledge our imperfections and to acknowledge that we’re transferring ahead. I do not assume you will note a Uyghur – a Chinese language Uyghur take the nationwide stage acknowledging China’s issues with human rights. I’m not evaluating our state of affairs. I acknowledge that we have now come a great distance and I’m very happy with what we have now been in a position to accomplish. However I’m real looking about what we have to do to maneuver ahead. And I believe if we wish to be a voice world wide to boost human rights points, we can not whitewash our personal points in our personal nation.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Ambassador, I actually wish to ask you concerning the Tigray. You mentioned this week to the UN Safety Council: “Aren’t the lives of Africans as vital as those that expertise battle in different international locations?” You challenged them due to the systemic rape, the gang rapes perpetrated towards younger ladies in Tigray, on this battle zone in Ethiopia and Eritrea. This has been effectively documented. This has been known as ethnic cleaning by the USA. Why have not we heard from President Biden and Vice President Harris about this concern? What’s the USA doing?
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Effectively, I believe you heard President Biden since you heard of me and also you heard Secretary Blinken. President Biden has engaged with the Ethiopian authorities. Secretary Blinken has engaged with the Ethiopian authorities. President Biden has despatched a presidential envoy, Senator Coons, to have discussions with the Ethiopian authorities and description our issues concerning the horrific state of affairs in Tigray. And because the consultant of the USA on the Safety Council, I believed it was vital that the voice of the Safety Council even be added to voices of concern concerning the state of affairs in that nation. We have now seen these descriptions –
MARGARET BRENNAN: Effectively, you are clearly saying that what’s carried out is not sufficient.
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: It is not sufficient, and that is why I raised it within the Safety Council, as a result of I believe we have to guarantee that the victims hear our voices, but in addition that the perpetrators know that we’re involved and this case as we search and – and take care of conditions elsewhere on the planet. So, sure, I agree with you. Extra have to be carried out. And that was the aim of my citing this query.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Ambassador, I am advised time is up. Thanks on your time in the present day.
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Thanks very a lot.