- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he was nominating South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, calling her a “proven dealmaker” who knows how to bring people together.

The Republican governor was an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign and one of many former foes the president-elect has reached out to during the transition process.

Mrs. Haley also is the first woman and first non-white tapped for a Cabinet post in the Trump administration. She is the American-born daughter of Indian immigrants.

“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,” Mr. Trump said. “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.”

Mrs. Haley, who has long been viewed as a rising star in the Republican Party, said that she was honored to be asked to join the Trump administration.

“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,” Mrs. Haley said in a statement.

The Trump campaign touted Mrs. Haley’s record inside and outside of government, calling her a “true fiscal conservative and a savvy businesswoman.”

Mrs. Haley became the first female governor of her home state in 2011 and is currently the youngest governor in the country. Prior to becoming governor, she represented Lexington County in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.

She graduated from Clemson University where she earned a degree in accounting. Mrs. Haley and her husband, Michael, a captain in the Army National Guard and combat veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, have two children, Rena, 18, and Nalin, 15.

Leonard Leo, U.S. delegate to the U.N. Human Rights Commission under President George W. Bush, applauded Mr. Trump’s choice, saying Mrs. Haley “will bring the right principles and priorities to the job of U.N. Ambassador.”

“Having served as a governor, she will be able to spot instances where the U.N. is seeking to curb the sovereign interests of our country,” Mr. Leo said. “She is committed to human dignity and will be able to push back on U.N. agendas that elevate abortion over the real human and civil rights atrocities that occur in dictatorships around the world. And she will be a friend to Israel and our own national security interests.”

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