With just one day to go before the Thanksgiving holiday, President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill out his cabinet, this time announcing that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley would serve as his U.N. Ambassador.
Haley, who was a critic of Trump, and even endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio before the South Carolina Primary, reluctantly endorsed Trump this year, but NBC News has confirmed she will assume a role in the Trump administration:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 23, 2016
Politico notes that Haley is the first female appointee to a Cabinet-level post, but given Trump’s history of hiring women to top positions within his company, Haley is likely just the first of many women to serve in his administration.
During the contentious GOP Primary, Haley was a vocal critic of Mr. Trump, calling his proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States “un-American.”
Haley met with Trump late last week, however, and afterwards described him as “a friend and supporter before he ran for president.”
She explained her criticism of Trump as truth-telling, not an irrevocable breach: “When I see something I am uncomfortable with, I say it. When we met, it was friends who had known each other before.”
Haley lacks obvious foreign policy experience, and has never served in federal government.
At the United Nations, Haley will have to deal with the heavy responsibilities involved in America’s role as a permanent, veto-wielding member of the Security Council, a role that has in recent years put the United States in frequent opposition to Russia, which holds similar rank.
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