Haley Accepts Offer for U.N. Ambassador Position

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO/ABC News)  – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has confirmed that she has accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to become the UN Ambassador.

Haley is the first woman Trump has chosen for a position in his administration. She will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the post.

The 44-year-old daughter of Indian immigrants, would bring limited international experience to one of the U.S. government’s most important international assignments: U.N. ambassador.

While she has been a critic of the Iran nuclear deal, Haley has little foreign policy experience aside from the trade missions she led overseas as governor.

Read Haley’s Statement:



If Haley is confirmed by the Senate, Lt. Governor Henry McMaster will become the Governor of South Carolina.

Statement from Lt. Governor McMaster:

Today is indeed a great day for South Carolina. In selecting Governor Nikki Haley to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, President-Elect Donald Trump has again demonstrated his determination to make America greater than ever before. Governor Haley will be an inspiration to all who believe in the American dream, at home and around the world. South Carolina is bursting with talent, and today we swell with pride that one of our daughters is preparing to step into history on the world stage. Mrs. McMaster joins me in offering our heartiest congratulations.

In 2014, former South Carolina Representative Bakari Sellers (D – House District 90) ran against McMaster for the office of Lt. Governor.

In a tweet Sellers said:

South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore released a statement:


S.C. Chamber:



Lawmakers responded to on Twitter:

Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Tim Scott

Representative Joe Wilson:

Senator Marco Rubio:

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Harrison:

Former USC Gamecock Marcus Lattimore tweeted:

The South Carolina Republican, who attracted national attention for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state Capitol grounds, initially supported Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, for president.

“I will not stop until we fight a man that chooses not to disavow the KKK,” Haley said on the trail with Rubio in regards to Trump’s initial refusal to repudiate white supremacists supporting his campaign. (He has since repeatedly disavowed their support.) “That’s not who we want as president.”

Trump fired back at Haley on Twitter.

Following her 2016 State of the Union response – which was critical of Trump’s brand of politics – Haley told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that Trump is one of the “angriest voices” and should not “throw stones” over political disagreements.

“The one that got me, I think, was when he started saying ban all Muslims,” she said at the time of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban. “When you’ve got immigrants that are coming here legally, we’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion.”

She has since patched up her relationship with Trump, who she voted for in the election and met with last week.

“If we as Republicans are going to lead effectively and have staying power as a governing party, we must accept that Donald Trump’s election was not an affirmation of the way Republicans have conducted themselves,” she said at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C.

“The president-elect deserves tremendous credit for the way he was able to connect with the electorate. But he did not do it by celebrating the Republican Party. And the American people did not vote for him because he had an ‘R’ next to his name. He ran against both parties, against the political system at large,” she said.

ABC’s Alana Abramson and Ben Siegel contributed to this report.

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