South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has been tapped to be Ambassador to the United Nations by President-elect Donald Trump. The Washington Post has announced she has accepted the offer to be a part of the new regime.
Haley has been a strong force in South Carolina, and it seems the President-elect has taken notice of her work.
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Haley, 44, has served as the governor of South Carolina since 2011, where she was fixated on labor and trade. She was thrown into the national spotlight after her strong response to the Charleston church shooting in 2015 when she called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capital.
According to her biography on the state’s website, Haley is married to a captain in the Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan and has two teenage children.
She has quickly risen in the Republican party and it is paying off. But she does have relatively limited foreign policy experience, consisting primarily of negotiations with international businesses and economic development deals in her state.
The governor and Trump weren’t always on the best of terms. Haley was extremely critical of the President-elect’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from entering the states, which she claimed was “un-American.” Haley put her differences aside when she met Trump, calling him a friend despite the criticism.
“He was a friend and supporter before he ran for president, and was kind to me then,” she told reporters. “But when I see something I am uncomfortable with, I say it.”
Many have suggested this move is part of an effort to diversify Trump’s cabinet. Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants, and the first women to be offered a position in Trump’s new administration.
The move will be a win-win from a strategic point. Haley will be replaced by South Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Henry McMaste, who is a Trump ally as well.