UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Thinks Trump's Sexual Misconduct Accusers Should Be Heard

Donald Trump has been angered by Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's remarks that the women who have accused the U.S. president of sexual misconduct "should be heard".

16 women have come forward with a range of accusations against Trump, many after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape last October in which Trump was caught on an open microphone bragging about groping women.

"Well, I mean, you know, the same thing, is women who accuse anyone should be heard", Haley responded.

But Haley also given impressed fellow diplomats by following a philosophy of "Kick 'em with a smile" - Haley's motto to her United Nations staff. And I think we heard from them prior to the election.

Trump denied the allegations during the campaign, and White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders denied them again Monday.

Sources at the State Department also confirmed to Vanity Fair that Haley was positioning herself as a strong voice on women's issues while distancing herself from the White House. "Indeed she gets high marks for growing into the position and has now earned the respect of her colleagues in Foggy Bottom".

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley votes during a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea in New York CityReuters

Haley, discussing a cultural shift of women coming forward on the CBS "Face the Nation" program, applauded women who have come forward: "I'm proud of their strength".

The former governor said: "I'm proud of their courage".

Whether Trump's election settled the matter was "for the people to decide", Haley said. I know that he was elected.

When asked about Trump's accusers by Dickerson on Sunday, Haley said the women should be heard.

"I just want us, as a country, to say this is not acceptable behaviour, period", she said. "And I think the time has come". "And we should all be willing to listen to them". "The American people, I think, spoke very loud and clear when they elected this president".