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Nikki Haley as Trump’s U.N. ambassador

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate voted almost unanimously on Tuesday to confirm South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, sending a rising Republican star to represent President Donald Trump at an institution he has criticized.

Haley was backed by 96 senators, with only 4 opposed.

She impressed lawmakers during her confirmation hearing this month. Haley, 45, promised to press for U.N. reforms but also fight for human rights and support international institutions, often breaking from Trump’s positions.

The daughter of immigrants from India, Haley attracted national attention in 2015 when she secured the removal of the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina’s capitol grounds after a white supremacist killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston.

She did not endorse Trump during last year’s presidential primaries and has warned that some of his most inflammatory statements promoted hate.

Haley was easily approved earlier on Tuesday by the 21-member Foreign Relations Committee.

Haley is only the fourth confirmed member of Trump’s Cabinet, joining Defense Secretary James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo.

Unusually, Trump’s pick for secretary of state was not confirmed before his U.N. ambassador. His choice, former Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson, faced unanimous opposition from the 10 Foreign Relations Committee Democrats after a confirmation hearing at which they said he seemed poorly prepared.

The full, Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm Tillerson early next week.

Haley is due to be sworn in on Wednesday. She is being succeeded as South Carolina’s governor by Republican Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster.

Source by: Internet

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