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