President-elect Donald Trump’s administration continues to grow, this time with the selection of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations.
Haley, who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, has already carved out a legacy for herself, serving as her home state’s first female and first minority governor. Once considered a potential vice president pick, Trump’s tapping of Haley, 44, further raises the profile of a rising star in a party whose leaders are increasingly attempting to attract more minorities and women.
In a statement released Wednesday, Haley said the US “faces enormous challenges” both at home and internationally. She cited a “sense of duty” in accepting Trump’s offer. “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 said. “The second is a satisfaction with all that we have achieved in our state in the last six years and the knowledge that we are on a very strong footing.”
Governor Haley released the following statement to her constituents:
— Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley (@AmbNikkiHaley) November 23, 2016
The selection is already receiving praise from political commentators and GOP leaders on Twitter:
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 23, 2016
— Future Female Leaders (@FFL_of_America) November 23, 2016
Don't care if @nikkihaley has little foreign policy experience. She's not: a jerk; a white supremacist; a peddler of fake news. She's great!
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) November 23, 2016
Nikki Haley is a good pick for several reasons; one is that it's a terrific "F__ You" from Trump to the alt-right.https://t.co/tWtPABxAb4
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 23, 2016
Congratulations to my Governor of the Great State of South Carolina @nikkihaley for accepting the Ambassador of the United Nations post.
— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) November 23, 2016
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 23, 2016