Trump said in a statement that he chose Haley because of her proven reputation as a “deal-maker,” who can work with people from both sides of the aisle. "She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage,” Trump said.
So, who is the new ambassador? Here are five things to know about Haley.
Haley became the 1st woman to become governor in South Carolina.
Haley made history in 2010 when she was elected the first female governor of South Carolina. She was the Tea Party backed candidate.
She vehemently spoke against Trump on the campaign trail
She may have been chosen by Trump, but Haley is not a long-time supporter of the president-elect. She criticized Trump throughout the Republican nomination campaign and endorsed Florida
She is the daughter of immigrants from India
Haley was not only the first female governor in South Carolina, but also the first minority governor. As the daughter of immigrants from India, Haley was outspoken against Trump’s anti-immigration stance when she gave the Republican Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address in January.
"During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices," Haley said. "We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country."
Trump reacted by calling her stance on immigration “weak.” "She's very weak on illegal immigration," he said during Fox & Friends. "I feel very strongly about immigration. She doesn't."
She doesn’t have much foreign policy experience
Haley has little foreign policy experience, but supporters noted she has traveled abroad at least eight times during her two terms as South Carolina governor. Her husband Michael was deployed to Afghanistan's
She called on the state to remove the Confederate flag: ‘It’s time to move’ it
Following the horrific killing of nine black church members by a white gunman in June of 2015, Haley called on the state to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse. The massacre prompted many in South Carolina to question whether the flag's presence on public property delivered a not-so-subtle message of bigotry.
"For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble. Traditions of history, of heritage, and of ancestry," Haley, a Republican, said. "At the same time, for many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past."
South Carolina later removed a
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Contributing: David Jackson and William Cummings.