The early reports were correct: President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
“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,” said Trump. “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.”
Haley expressed gratitude toward the president-elect.
“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,” said Haley.
Upon taking her position as ambassador, Haley would resign her position as governor and Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster would become governor. That is, unless McMaster is also appointed to a position in the Trump Administration.
Last week, it was reported that McMaster was in line for an administration position, perhaps as U.S. Attorney General (that position later went to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)).
It also has been rumored that U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) is considering a run for governor in 2018.
"Governor Haley is a tremendous leader, and South Carolina is grateful for her service," said Sen. Scott in a statement. "I have no doubt she will serve America well through defending and sharing our values and strengthening our relationships with Israel and other allies. I look forward to her confirmation process."