Senate Foreign Relations Panel Approves Nikki Haley as UN Envoy

The committee vote clears the way for what is expected to be an easy confirmation of Trump's choice for the job, in the full Senate.

Gov. Nikki Haley during her Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, January 18, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
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The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to be President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, clearing the way for what is expected to be an easy confirmation in the full Senate. 

Haley was approved by unanimous voice vote, despite some Democrats' concerns about her lack of experience in foreign policy and international affairs. 

Governor Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's pick for UN ambassador, said on Wednesday she is committed to the bipartisan consensus in the U.S. against Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Haley told the committee during her first confirmation hearing on January 5, when asked about Israel, that she supports relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as Trump suggested he would do. She also called herself a proponent of the two-state solution adding that she understands how settlements "can hinder peace."

Haley criticized the Obama administration for not vetoing UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which challenged the legality of settlements. The resolution passed last month, she said, was "harmful" to the two-state solution and  "a kick in the gut" to Israel.