Nikki Haley was announced as the US Ambassador to the United Nations by the President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday. She is the first Indian-American to be appointed to a Cabinet Level Position to any United States administration.
“Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” Trump said while referring to his former critic with whom he had sparred bitterly during the campaign.
The 44-year old Nikki Haley, daughter of Indian immigrants from Punjab. Haley was the first woman who was tapped by the Donald Trump for the top-level administration post during his transition in the White House.
“She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage,” Trump said while announcing the South Carolina Governor Haley’s name as the next US envoy to the United Nations.
Commenting on her nomination, Nikki Haley said “I was moved to accept this new assignment for two reasons. The first is a sense of duty,” Haley said. “When the President believes you have a significant contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation’s standing in the world that is a calling that is important to heed.”
Haley also added that this year US President Elections had brought exciting changes in America. Nikki’s nomination is a turning point for the Indian-American community which has increasingly played a significant role in the US Elections.
She was the first Indian-American women Governor and second Indian-American Governor of any state. Haley has first represented Lexington County in South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.
Nikki Haley is a post graduate of Clemson University where she graduated in accounting and her husband Michael, a captain in Army National Guard and Combat veteran.