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Nikki Haley to be U.S. Ambassador to U.N.

Nikki Haley to be U.S. Ambassador to U.N.

Her experience with vicious S.C. politics should serve her well at the U.N.

Numerous news outlets are confirming that Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina will be named as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

The Post and Courier reports:

President-elect Donald Trump is picking South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to become his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, The Post and Courier has learned.

The move, expected Wednesday, continues the steep political rise of the daughter of Indian immigrants that started six years ago when the Bamberg native was elected as South Carolina’s first female and minority governor.

The planned nomination to the cabinet-level post, confirmed by multiple sources with knowledge of the decision, is likely to raise questions about Haley’s qualifications for a major foreign policy role since she has little diplomatic experience as state lawmaker and governor.

The 44-year-old’s chief foreign work centers on negotiating with international companies seeking economic development deals in the state and leading seven overseas trade missions as governor. Her husband, Michael, was deployed for nearly a year in Afghanistan with the S.C. National Guard in 2013.

The position will be at the cabinet level.

Of course, the question being asked is why Haley? She doesn’t have much foreign policy experience.

What she does have is experience with possibly the most vicious state politics in the country. South Carolina is known for smears and political backstabbing.

Sounds like good experience for the U.N.

From Haley’s career perspective, this is a great move. It gives her the international exposure and experience for a future national run,or even more prominent cabinet position, like Secretary of State. She will be in the news constantly, and it will increase her name recognition and profile.


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    RodFC in reply to Dagwood. | November 23, 2016 at 11:23 am

    When was the l;ast time an ex UN ambassador ran for President.

    The last one I remember is Stevenson, but he was made ambassador after he lost to Eisenhower.

      Char Char Binks in reply to RodFC. | November 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      When was the first time a billionaire was elected president without having held any elected office?

casualobserver | November 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

Which epithets will the left and the media (same thing) use against her, I wonder. She may be a racist. Or anti-LGBT. After all, she is from the South, and those are the standard first pulls from the defaming box to use against southerners. Maybe her husband has ties to the KKK.

The ability to fabricate is endless.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to casualobserver. | November 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I don’t think South Carolinians will be sad to see her go. She shows strong and definite signs of leftardism and I imagine South Carolinians view her as a big mistake.

Very happy with this selection and am enthused by the idea of Gov. Mitt Romney as the Sec. of State. I believe it speaks volumes about Mr. Trump’s desire to not only do the job he was elected to do but to embrace those who were critical of him to ensure the job is done correctly. I almost feel like saying this selection and the consideration of Gov. Romney shows a great deal of humility on the part of Mr. Trump.

Smart move. She didn’t support Trump at all. The Lt Gov of SC did, and early. So he gets rid of her into an elephant cemetery job, and gets a friendly governor in the process.

smart man

When you’re powerful you can grab them by the pussy and they let you.

She doesn’t have much foreign policy experience.

Most ambassadorial appointments don’t.

Foreign appointments have been a convenient place of exile at least since Madison’s appointment of his treacherous and underperforming Secretary of State to be the ambassador at St. Petersburg. No skill required, but remote location a plus. This is different, though—about the closest thing one can have to a foreign appointment and still be kept under close watch at home.

I’ve been seriously underwhelmed by Haley this past year. She’s been showing signs of shaping up to be just another greasy politician—definitely not the type who’s likely to be seen draining any swamps.

This is the first of Trump’s appointments which strikes me as being not quite what it appears. Though, pending developments, it seems workable enough.

    casualobserver in reply to tom swift. | November 23, 2016 at 11:10 am

    You may a key point about ambassadorships being a place to sequester people in mostly meaningless roles but then assign it more importance. If we are now getting that concerned about roles that are mostly given to socially connected people and dilettantes, I predict the public will get even more fatigued by the obsessive focus on all thing Trump.

    But, then, that is the unintended role the media has now taken. Maybe by this time next year not only will the reluctant Trump voters feel even better about their action, but he may have even more awaiting the reelection date. The media is having that effect.

    Oh no. This is a great pick fior Trump. He gets credit for an Indian, a woman, and above all else he promotes someone who is a pain into a worthless job, while at the same time ensuring her replacement is someone you prefer being in her old position.

She impresses me as just another GOPe type, but exiling her to the UN and getting a friendly governor in SC sounds like a good deal.

Better idea, America leaves the UN with a middle finger to the world.

    tom swift in reply to Xenomethean. | November 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    As we’ve just seen, Trump did a remarkable job of manipulating the press and making them all do pretty much what he wanted, just by tossing them some chopped fish now and then and letting them go through their standard circus seal performances.

    And they’re still at it, all whining about how Trump conned them out of all that free coverage. But they can’t help themselves; Trump pushes the right buttons, and they dance to his tune.

    The UN is as unimaginative, hidebound, and doctrinarire as the press at its worst. I suspect Trump will have no trouble manipulating those buffoons, either, if he wants to bother.

She’s in her second term as governor, which (I think) term limits her for any future terms, so in two years, she would be out of there anyway. This gives the Lt.Gov. two years to establish his name and run for re-election, certainly a plus. She’s a bright conservative voice, which will certainly be a contrast and a plus at the UN (for us, and the US at least). This gives her valuable foreign policy experience in case Trump needs her as SecState later, or in the event she makes her own presidential run. Win, win, win.

Better than I expected.

Maybe she’ll coast at the UN and primary Lindsey Graham when his current term ends. Heh.

Well, I hope she is in charge of our withdrawal…