Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has been selected as the Ambassador to the United Nations by a unanimous decision. Members of the electing committee had concerns about Hayley’s international experience. However, her interview process went over very well. Her position was easily approved. Nikki Haley is a two-term Governor of South Carolina and will be relieved of her duties by Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster.
Haley fielded an assortment of questions on several sensitive issues. Russia was a key topic and Haley did not back down from her views on the subject. She stated that she believes Russia is trying to “show their muscle” She doesn’t believe that they should be trusted by the administration. However, Governor Haley does understand that the United States must find a working relationship with the nation in order to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Her stance on the Filipino President was also very stern. Governor Haley stated that the actions of the Philippine’s leader go against the nature of human rights and should not be tolerated. Israel was yet another prickly topic of discussion. Nikki Haley did not hesitate to criticize the Obama administration for allowing the America’s relationship with Israel to deteriorate. She believed that sanctions on the country are to severe while other areas of the world are committing worse atrocities.
Nikki Haley gained publicity during the Republican debates by being very critical of candidate Donald Trump. She was not afraid to give her opinion on some of his controversial rhetoric. She also openly supported Trump’s opponent Marco Rubio during the campaigns. However, the current administration thought highly of the South Carolina Governor and sought her services in the new White House. Her appointment will cut her governorship of South Carolina two years short once she is appointed to the position of Ambassador to the United Nations.