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Trump taps South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as UN envoy

President-elect Donald Trump choses South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations, the first woman tapped for a top-level administration post during his White House transition so far.

It will be a cabinet-level position, and Haley has accepted.

“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 says in a release Wednesday. “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.”

In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Haley, an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of the presidential race, would become his first female — and first nonwhite — cabinet-level official if confirmed by the Senate. She’s the daughter of Indian immigrants and is the second Asian-American to serve as a US governor.

“Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally, and I am honored that the president-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love as the next ambassador to the United Nations,” Haley said in Trump’s release.

— AP

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