On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s transition team released a statement announcing that the President-elect has selected Governor Nikki Haley to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley, the Governor of South Carolina, is a 44 year old Republican and will be the first woman to be appointed to an official position in the new Administration. While a strong figure in the Republican party, Haley has been known to be a uniter of both parties by preaching tolerance and standing up for what she believes is right for the country. The two reportedly met last week in New York to discuss the potential position. Nikki Haley has announced that she has accepted the position.
“Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” the President-elect said in a statement Wednesday.
“This month’s elections have brought exciting changes to America. Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally,” Haley said.
“Last week, President-elect Trump asked if I would meet with him to discuss those challenges, which I was happy to do,” she continuted. “He asked that I serve our country as our next Ambassador to the United Nations. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, I have agreed.”
Haley also said that: “When the president believes you have a major contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation’s standing in the world, that is a calling that is important to heed.”
Haley has served as Governor of South Carolina since 2011, and before that served in South Carolina’s House of Representatives for six years. Haley was one of the leading forces in South Carolina’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from Government flagpoles after many deemed it a racist symbol following the Charleston church shooting. She is the daughter of Indian immigrant parents.