On Tuesday, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations.
During the hearing, Haley announced her official position on the all-important issue of Russia, as she declared the Russians to be guilty of war crimes in Syria. In the hearing, Haley stated “Russia is trying to show their muscle right now. It’s what they do.” She added: “I don’t think we can trust them. We have to continue to be very strong back, and show them what this new administration is going to be.”
In addition, Haley expressed her disagreement with the suggested Muslim registry, leading the Senate committee to believe that neither her nor the Trump administration believe in such a policy.
Throughout the hearing, Haley performed better under pressure than some of her fellow cabinet nominations. The former governor has always led a successful political career – not only was she the first female governor of South Carolina, but Haley’s professional webpage affirms that she was also the third youngest governor in the United States and only the second Indian-American to serve as a United States governor.
By nominating Haley as the U.S.’s ambassador to the U.N., Trump has sent the popular conservative figure into what is, from her perspective, unknown terrain, and has also expanded the diversity of his presidential cabinet.
While she has virtually no experience dealing with international affairs, Haley’s term has seen South Carolina’s job force and business outlets expand. Since Haley took office in 2011, SC.gov attests that South Carolina has announced more than 82,000 jobs in all 46 counties, and the unemployment rate has hit a 15-year record low.
Haley was also praised for leading South Carolina through two extremely turbulent, difficult situations – providing unity and consensus after the devastation at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. in 2015, and calling for the Confederate flag to be taken down from the statehouse grounds shortly after the event.
As the ambassador to the U.N., Haley will represent the interests of the United States. Her most important duty will be to keep the U.S. State Department informed of events at United Nations meetings. She will then make recommendations to the State Department and to the president as to what course of action the United States should pursue regarding various international affairs.
Trump’s nominated Haley may be for other political reasons, however – the Los Angeles Times reports that at her Senate confirmation hearing, Haley stated that the U.N. overstepped its boundaries and should not “insert itself into what other countries do.”