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The United States Ambassador to the United States Nikki Haley, on Thursday, slammed The New York Times for carrying out the erroneous story concerning expensive curtains at her office despite knowing the facts.
Earlier this week, The New York Times alleged that the United States State Department spent around $52,701 last year on customized and mechanized curtains for the official residence of Haley at a time once the department was undergoing profound budget cuts and had frozen hiring.
The report had aforesaid that Haley is that the first UN ambassador to live in the residence, situated in a building simply few blocks off from the UN headquarters.
"I hadn't even taken the job when these curtains were picked out. And so, the idea that this came out, we tend to tell the reporters that these were the facts. They knew the facts and but they released the story anyway," Haley told while giving an interview to a leading broadcasting channel on Thursday.
Haley, 46, is that the highest ranking Indian American within the Donald Trump administration.
Haley further said that wherever she went she was asked regarding the story curtains.
"Last weekend, wherever I went, everybody was asking me about the story of curtains. The damage was done when the story was out. I appreciate the retraction however that story follows you all over you go. However that is the tough lesson about the public life now," she said.
The original version of the story was titled "Nikki Haley's view on New York is priceless. Her Curtains? USD52,701."
The English daily later accepted that the headline and the story gave an incorrect impression.
"An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression concerning who was liable for the acquisition in question," the daily said a day later.
"The article mustn't have targeted on Ms Haley, nor the image of her should have been used," New York Times aforesaid.
The headline was a later modified to "State Department Spent USD52, 701 on Curtains for Nikki Haley's Residence."
By Sowmya Sangam