President-elect Donald Trump has been adding people to his cabinet, and some of his choices have been widely questioned by both the media and the masses. His appointment of Brietbart’s Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist landed the ire of thousands. From what it initially looked like, the business mogul was forming an all white cabinet comprising of only men (not too surprising considering his attitude towards women).
However, in his latest press release, Trump named South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley happens to be the first woman to be appointed to the president-elect’s cabinet, and also the first woman of color to make it to his team.
She is the daughter of Indian immigrants and has a complicated relationship with Donald Trump. His decision of making her a part of the cabinet therefore comes as a surprise to many.
Haley, on previous occasions, declared she has not always been “president-elect’s biggest cheerleader.”
The governor criticized Trump throughout the Republican nomination campaign and endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. After he dropped out, she lent her support to Ted Cruz, who was standing against Trump.
Haley has also referred to the president-elect as “angriest voices”.
In January, Haley called out Trump for his failure to condemn groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
“Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference,” she said in the State of the Union rebuttal.
“Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk,” she also told the Today show on NBC.
One month later she called Trump "everything a governor doesn't want in a president."
Trump has also had his fair chance of taking verbal jabs at her, and he responded to her comments by calling her “weak” on immigration.
The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2016
“She’s very, very weak on illegal immigration. She’s very, very weak on illegal immigration. You can’t have that,” Trump had said.
Haley acceptance of Trump’s offer to be the U.N. ambassador is definitely questionable, since she is someone who has openly spoken against him.
Haley was praised for her efforts after she called for the removal of confederate flags from the Statehouse grounds, following killing of nine black church members by a white gunmen.
"For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble. Traditions of history, of heritage, and of ancestry. At the same time, for many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past,” she said.
Despite her lack of experience in foreign policy, Haley is considered a rising star in American politics, and would hopefully bring about a balance in Trump’s cabinet.
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