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Indian American Nikki Haley accepts President-Elect Donald Trump’s offer for US Ambassador to United Nations

Haley is the first minority and female governor of South Carolina, a deeply conservative state with a long history of racial strife

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FILE - Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) answers a question next to Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) (R) during a news briefing at the 2013 Republican Governors Association conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Nov. 21, 2013. VOA
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Washington, November 23, 2016: South Carolina’s Indian-American Governor  Nikki Haley is the leading candidate to be President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations.

If chosen, she will be the first ever Indian-American Cabinet-rank official in any administration. Not just that, she will also be the first woman and minority to join Trump’s administration and would replace Samantha Power as the next US Ambassador to the UN.

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Haley is the first minority and female governor of South Carolina, a deeply conservative state with a long history of racial strife.

According to PTI, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is said to be Trump’s likely choice for secretary of state, a position Haley was previously speculated for last week. Trump has also picked Gen (rtd) James Mattis as his Defense Secretary.

The Senate is going to confirm the Cabinet position.

“It was a good meeting. We talked about a multiple group of topics and it was nice meeting,” Nikki Haley had told after the face-to-face meeting with Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Thursday.

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“The move, expected Wednesday, continues the steep political rise of the daughter of Indian immigrants that started six years ago when the Bamberg native was elected as South Carolina’s first female and minority governor,” reported The Post and Courier, the leading newspaper of South Carolina.

“The planned nomination to the cabinet-level post, confirmed by multiple sources with knowledge of the decision, is likely to raise questions about Haley’s qualifications for a major foreign policy role since she has little diplomatic experience as state lawmaker and governor,” the daily said.

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Ben Carson, the former presidential candidate is asked to consider leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to PTI, Haley,44, the daughter of Indian immigrants, was a vocal critic of the real estate mogul on the campaign trail. She has been characterised as a rising star within the Republican Party, as she is the youngest governor in the US and only the second Indian-American to serve at the helm of a US state.

– Prepared by Ruchika Kumari of NewsGram. Twitter: @RuchiUjjaini

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Trump meets Florida school shooting survivors, suggests arming teachers

The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers

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The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers.
The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers. Wikimedia Commons

US President Donald Trump met survivors and families of the victims that were killed in the Florida school shooting and suggested that teachers and staff members should be provided with arms to avert such massacres, the media reported.

Trump’s comment came during a White House “listening session” on Wednesday which was attended by families and students including six survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old man Nikolas Cruz armed with an assault rifle killed 17 people on February 14, reports CNN.

The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence.

“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said, stating that schools could arm up to 20 per cent of their teachers to stop “maniacs” who may try and attack them.

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“This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone,” Trump said. “Gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us’.”

The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence.
The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence. Wikimedia Commons

Acknowledging that the idea was controversial, Trump said that his administration would give it serious study.

The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers.

Trump’s idea of arming teachers and school staff was met with support from many of the attendees, CNN reported.

Fred Abt, the father of Parkland shooting survivor Carson Abt, said he had discussed with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that rather than waiting for first responders to arrive, it would be more efficient to have firearms locked on school campuses.

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“One possible solution, which may not be very popular, would be to have people in the school, teachers, administrators who have volunteered to have a firearm safely locked in the classroom who are given training throughout the year,” he said.

“There are plenty of teachers who are already licensed to carry firearms, have them raise their hands to volunteer for the training, and when something like this starts, the first responders are already on campus.

Andrew Pollack, a father of one of the 17 victims who died in the Florida shooting, said he was speaking because his daughter couldn’t.

“We as a country failed our children…

This shouldn’t happen.”

The President, flanked by the students, went around the room and shook hands before commencing the session.

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Trump also later tweeted he would “always remember” the event, adding “we must keep our children safe”.

“I will always remember the time I spent today with courageous students, teachers and families,” he tweeted, along with a link to the full event.

“So much love in the midst of so much pain. We must not let them down. We must keep our children safe!!” (IANS)