The hours of dispute over who was responsible for spending $ 61,000 to install curtains in the New York City condominium, owned by Ambassador Nikki Haley's government, ended Friday afternoon when The New York Times acknowledged that the furniture was ordered during the Obama administration.
The Times reported that a total of $ 52,701 was spent in 2017 on the curtain project to cover a wide panorama of almost 6,000 square foot attic windows, including the machinery to open and close them with a remote control.
Of that, $ 29,900 paid for the curtains and another $ 22,801 covered the engines and installation, according to government contracts.
DailyMail.com identified an additional $ 8,300 contract award to rewire the residence to accommodate the contraptions, pushing the total above $ 61,000.
A United Nations source told CNN that the Obama administration decided to equip the residence "long before the elections in 2016" and that the government bought it unfurnished.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley felt sorry on Friday for the $ 61,000 curtains installed last year in the New York City attic of the State Department where she lives, but the orders were made during the Obama administration, before the 2016 elections
The attic at 50 United Nations Plaza in New York includes extensive views of the New York City skyline to the north and south, which require curtains that can be opened and closed easily.
Obama's State Department decided to spend a lot on engines and remotes so that future UN ambassadors could impress guests with the views
The New York Times originally blamed Haley for the generous expense, but finally acknowledged that the Obama administration had authorized it; in the L-R image are former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former President Barack Obama
A designer from the Office of Foreign Building Operations of the Department of State & # 39; chose and ordered the curtains soon after (summer 2016) & # 39; added the source.
The Times originally published its story with the headline: "Nikki Haley's New York View is priceless." Your curtains? $ 52,701. & # 39;
In the middle of the afternoon it was changed to read: "The State Department spent $ 52,701 on curtains for the residence of the United States envoy."
The editors made 36 changes separately in the article, according to a comparison of Microsoft Word, including the removal of a reference to & # 39; Ms. The curtains of Haley.
The editors of the newspaper explained in a note that the original story and the headline "created an unfair impression on who was responsible for the purchase in question."
"While Nikki R. Haley is the current ambassador to the United Nations, the decision on renting the ambassador's residence and purchasing the curtains was made during the Obama administration, according to current and former officials. in Ms. Haley, nor should a photograph of her have been taken.
The Times made three dozen changes to her story, replaced the headline and removed a photo of Haley that gave the impression that she was responsible for the expense.
This bathroom needs curtains: the main bathroom in the apartment comes with a view
The residence currently occupied by Haley has 7 rooms, including two for housewives and a couple of master suites
Two of the government contracts for the curtain project are in the photo; at the top is $ 22,801 for curtain motors and at the bottom is $ 8,300 for wiring
The curtains were installed sometime between March and August of 2017, while Haley was in charge of the US mission. UU To the UN
Several media outlets emphasized that the State Department actually wrote checks to the vendor, DFB Sales of Long Island City, New York, in March and April of that year.
That coincided with the freezing of hiring and budget cuts throughout the State Department, ordered by the then Secretary Rex Tillerson.
But a spokesman for Haley insisted that the Obama administration had ordered the curtains and the equipment to operate them when he relocated the residence of the ambassador of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, where he had traditionally been located.
The change was made due to security problems after a new property group led by a Chinese insurance company bought the historic building. Haley is the first ambassador to live in the new location.
The rental price was $ 58,000 per month, according to a list of real estate.
It includes 7 rooms, including two for housewives and a couple of master suites.
But the dramatic views of the skyline of New York City are the main selling point of the property that Haley discovered he inherited after getting the job.