Donald Trump to Nominate Governor Nikki Haley for UN Ambassador

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By Andrew Stiles | 7:26 am, November 23, 2016

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will be nominated to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce on Wednesday.

Haley, who has served as governor since 2011, will be Trump’s first female appointee to a cabinet-level position. Haley endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio during the Republican Primary, and was at times a harsh critic of Trump’s policies and statements, describing him proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country as “un-American.”

Trump hasn’t always had nice things to say about Haley.

Haley described Trump as “a friend and supporter before he ran for president” following a meeting with the president-elect last week. “When we met, it was friends who had known each other before,” she said.

The 44-year-old daughter of Indian immigrants lacks obvious foreign policy experience, but is widely considered to be a rising star within the Republican Party, whose bench of prominent young leaders is significantly more impressive than what the Democratic Party has to offer.

Haley has drawn praise from Democrats and members of the mainstream media on a number of occasions — for example, following her response the mass shooting at an African-American church in Charleston, and after she supported the removal of the Confederate battle flag from state grounds.