President Elect Trump Picks South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for UN ambassador

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President-elect Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations, the first woman tapped for a top-level administration post during his transition to the White House.

Governor Haley, was often an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of the presidential race, will be the first female and first Asian American Cabinet-level official if confirmed by the Senate. She’s the second Asian-American to serve as an US governor.  The Trump Transition Team is expects Governor Haley to be quickly confirmed by the Senate.

Governor Haley’s new job will clear the way for Lt. Governor Henry McMaster to step into the role of South Carolina governor. Lt. Governor McMaster was a very early Trump endorser by backing him before the state’s GOP primary in February.  He remained very loyal to the Trump team throughout the campaign.

Governor Haley is married to a captain in the Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan, and has two teenage children, according to her biography on the state’s website.

Governor Haley first campaigned for Florida Senator Marco Rubio, before going on to support Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  She met with the President-elect Trump last week at Trump Tower.

Trump is spending Thanksgiving with his family at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.