USINPAC commends outreach by the Trump Administration
The Trump transition team chose Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina as ambassador to the United Nations. Following Gov. Haley’s meeting with President-elect Trump last week in New York, Haley had been rumored to be considered for the position of Secretary of state.
If confirmed by the Senate, Nikki Haley would step down as Governor of South Carolina and succeed Samantha Powers who has represented the United States at the United Nations since 2013. Haley a rising star in the Republican Party, was endorsed by former Gov. Sarah Palin for her successful gubernatorial run in 2010 and was easily reelected in 2014. Her second term as Governor expires in Jan 2019. Haley has been described by the Economist as a “politician with high approval ratings and as combination of “fiscal ferocity and a capacity for conciliation,” and as a female of ethnic minority was also favored as a vice-Presidential candidate for the 2016 General elections. Haley had first supported candidate Marco Rubio for Presidency, then switching to Ted Cruz when Rubio dropped out of the race. Later she switched to supporting Trump’s candidacy, declaring at his win, “I’m just giddy, and if you talk to any of the governors here, we are so excited at the possibility and the opportunities that are going to be here.”
In 2015, Gov. Haley caught the nation’s attention when in the wake of the massacre of nine black church members by a white supremacist gunman; she called on the state to remove the confederate flag from the statehouse. In remarks acknowledging that for many the flag stood for traditions of history, of heritage, and of ancestry, ‘At the same time, for many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past.’
After last week’s meeting, Haley said she was happy to be invited to meet with Trump. “So I was very happy to be invited. It was good meeting,” Haley said.
Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC congratulated Nikki Haley on her nomination, remarking, “USINPAC has been working with the Trump transition team to make sure that qualified Indian Americans have the opportunity to serve in the Trump administration. Gov. Haley has done a tremendous work as South Carolina’s first female and Indian American Governor and she will surely succeed as the top diplomat at the United Nations.”
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