CHARLOTTE, N.C. – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has accepted Donald Trump’s offer to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
The choice of Haley, announced today, cements her standing as a rising star in the Republican Party.
During the primary, Haley supported Marco Rubio and was at one point rumored to be a potential Vice Presidential pick.
She is the daughter of Indian immigrants and was openly critical of Trump’s stand on immigration and Muslims.
Wednesday though, Trump praised Haley as someone who could bring people together saying in a statement, “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.”
Winthrop University political science professor Dr. Scott Huffmon says the selection of Haley makes sense for Trump.
“He’s been accused of misogyny, accused of racism, so getting a minority woman in his administration could actually be a good move,” Huffmon said.
Haley remained out of the public eye on Wednesday releasing a statement saying, “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, who is South Carolina’s first female Governor, earned praise for her actions following the Charleston shootings at Emanuel AME Church and her spearheading the effort to remove the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the state capitol.
But there remain questions about her qualifications in the area of foreign policy.
Huffmon said her qualifications are thin.
“Her only international experience has mostly just been going abroad seeking trade for South Carolina.”
Haley said in her statement that she intended to remain in office until the Senate confirms her nomination.