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Nikki Haley: Everything You Need to Know About Trump's Pick for UN Ambassador

President-elect Donald J. Trump has tapped South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as ambassador to the United Nations, a role currently occupied by Samantha Power.

Haley, the child of Indian immigrants, brings diversity to the nascent administration and also showcases that Trump is willing to welcome Republicans who were lukewarm toward him during the campaign season.

But for someone selected to serve as a diplomatic official in the United Nations, Haley has little international experience. Here's everything you need to know about her.


Full name: Nimrata "Nikki" Haley (born Nimrata Randhawa)

Birthdate: Jan. 20, 1972

Age: 44

Birthplace: Bamberg, South Carolina

What she does now: Governor of South Carolina (since 2011)

What she used to do: She served in South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.

Education: B.S., Clemson University, accounting

Family: Husband, Michael Haley (captain in the Army National Guard and a combat veteran, was deployed to Afghanistan), and two children, Rena and Nalin

Things you may not know about her:

She is the first female governor of South Carolina, is the youngest governor in the U.S. and was the second person of Indian descent to become a governor in the U.S. (after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana).

She has spoken out against Trump's proposal to ban Muslims:

Haley was chosen to give the Republican response the 2016 State of the Union address, and in it she urged members of her party to resist following the "angriest voices," which was seen as a subtle jab at Trump, even though she didn't refer to him by name. ABC News' Jon Karl subsequently asked her what makes Trump "one of the angriest voices," and Haley pointed to his call to temporarily bar foreign Muslims from entering the U.S.

"The one that got me, I think, was when he started saying ban all Muslims," she said. "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. Let's not start that now."

What is notable:

She gained national prominence in 2015 when she removed the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds.

A somewhat tumultuous history with Trump:

She ultimately voted for Trump but not enthusiastically. She supported Sen. Marco Rubio during the primaries, campaigning against Trump in South Carolina. At a rally in February, where she campaigned with Rubio, she said, "I will not stop until we fight a man that refuses to disavow the KKK."

The two got into a Twitter spat in March. Trump tweeted, "The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley," and she tweeted back, "Bless your heart."

At a press conference in October, she said, "This election has really turned my stomach upside down. It has been embarrassing for both parties. It's not something the country deserves, but it's what we've got."

But after Trump won, she agreed to meet with him on Nov. 17. The next day, speaking at the Federalist Society, she said his election was a rejection of both parties. "We must accept that Donald Trump's election was not an affirmation of the way Republicans have conducted themselves," she said. "He did not do it by celebrating the Republican Party."

Possible red flags for Senate confirmation:

Haley has no international political experience. Before holding office in South Carolina, she worked in her family's business. She has reportedly made just eight trips abroad, mainly to attend trade shows.
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