We have a new Ambassador to the United Nations…and it is Governor Nikki Haley.
The South Carolina Governor has accepted Donald Trump’s offer to be his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, NBC News confirmed Wednesday morning.
Although Haley has little diplomatic or foreign-policy experience, a Post and Courier report notes that Trump is probably relying on her communication and problem-solving skills to be the U.S. representative to the 193-member body.
Haley, who would succeed Samantha Power, will need approval from the U.S. Senate. Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, was critical of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban during his campaign, and may be seen as a candidate to balance him out during his term.
Trump and Haley didn’t always have a great relationship. The pair feuded in January after Haley’s Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union, during which she took a thinly-veiled swipe at Trump, warning against “the siren call of the angriest voices.”
“If we have citizens who are law-abiding, who love our traditions, who do everything to be productive citizens in America, they should feel welcome in this country,” Haley said. “The reason this country is so great is because the fabric of this country was made by immigrants, and its legal immigrants.”
In February, she called Trump “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.” The following month Haley endorsed Rubio in the South Carolina primary. Following Rubio’s loss and subsequent withdrawal from the race, Haley said it was her “hope and prayer” tha Cruz would win the Republican nomination.