Trump's team confirms Haley will be nominated for UN ambassador
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Nikki Haley has been nominated by Donald Trump to join his cabinet as UN ambassador a statement from the President-elect's transition team confirmed the decision first reported by the Post & Courier Wednesday morning.
“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,” said President-elect Trump. “She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”
Haley said through the statement issued by Trump's transition team she's excited to be part of Trump's team because of what it can mean for the future of the country.
“Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally, and I am honored that the President-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love as the next Ambassador to the United Nations,” said Governor Haley.
The governor released her own statement following the announcement Wednesday morning, saying she's been grateful to serve as South Carolina's governor the last six years and while she hates she will not serve her last two years of her second term, she's excited to represent the state on Trump's team.
"This month’s elections have brought exciting changes to America," she said. "Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally. Last week, President-elect Trump asked if I would meet with him to discuss those challenges, which I was happy to do. He has 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 added she will remain as governor until the U.S. Senate makes her nomination official.
The President-elect hinted Tuesday that he was close to filling the vacancies in his cabinet when he posted to Instagram meetings were taking place to shape the government for the next eight years.
Other positions reported to be filled include Mitt Romney being named Secretary of State and James Mattis as Secretary of Defense.
Though Trump has not filled his entire cabinet, the 44-year-old SC governor is the second youngest member behind Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the only woman at this time.
Haley's name first surfaced to be a member of Trump's cabinet last week as it was said she was being considered for Secretary of State.
The governor confirmed that she met with the President-elect Thursday and was encouraged by that meeting.
Gov. Haley and Trump have had their spats, including a war of words on Twitter, Trump criticizing the governor in Sumter prior to the First and the South Primary and Haley endorsing Florida Senator Marco Rubio prior to the February primary.
Tensions seemed to diminish once the governor said she would be voting for Trump as the next president prior to the election.
As UN ambassador, Haley would be the permanent representative for the country at the United Nations, a position currently filled by Samantha Powers who was appointed in 2013.
Despite only holding political office at the state level, Haley rose to national prominence and was praised for her efforts surrounding the removal of the Confederate flag from State House grounds following the Mother Emanuel AME killings and her handling of the historic floods of October 2015.
Her handling of both instances led her to give the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union earlier this year. Following that response, Haley was even mentioned as a potential Vice Presidential nominee for the GOP.
Earlier this month, she was named as the Vice President of the Republican Governors Association.
If Haley does accept the position and it is approved by Congress, current Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster would take over as governor of South Carolina.