Nikki Haley Chosen as UN Ambassador as Trump Administration Takes Shape

The choice of Haley, who embraces tolerance, may be aimed at offsetting Trump's divisive comments about immigrants and minorities.

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Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivers remarks at the Federalist Society 2016 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, U.S., November 18, 2016.
Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivers remarks at the Federalist Society 2016 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, U.S., November 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a daughter of immigrants from India with little experience in foreign diplomacy, to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, The Post and Courier newspaper and other media reported on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old governor has accepted the offer, the Charleston, South Carolina, newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources. 

The choice of Haley, who embraces tolerance, may be aimed at offsetting Trump's divisive comments about immigrants and minorities, as well as accusations of sexism during his campaign for the November 8 election in which he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Haley, who last year signed a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol, condemned Trump during the Republican presidential primary campaign for not speaking out more forcefully against white supremacists. The Civil War flag, an emblem of the American South, is long associated with slavery. 

Haley supported Trump rivals in the primary before saying last month she would vote for Trump despite reservations about his character. Trump, a Republican, is due to succeed President Barack Obama, a Democrat, on January 20. 

Below are people mentioned as contenders for other senior roles in the administration.

See end of list for posts already filled.

   Treasury Secretary

   - Steven Mnuchin, former Goldman Sachs Group Inc
executive and Trump's campaign finance chairman
   - Jeb Hensarling, Republican U.S. representative from Texas
and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee
   - Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co chief executive
officer
   - Tom Barrack, founder and chairman of Colony Capital Inc Jonathan Gray, global head of real estate at the Blackstone Group

   Secretary of State

   - Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican presidential nominee and
former Massachusetts governor
   - Rudy Giuliani, former Republican mayor of New York City
   - John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
under Republican President George W. Bush
   - Bob Corker, Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee and
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
   - Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq

   Defense Secretary

   - James Mattis, retired Marine general
   - David Petraeus, former CIA director and retired Army
general
   - Tom Cotton, Republican U.S. senator from Arkansas      
   - Jon Kyl, former Republican U.S. senator from Arizona
   - Duncan Hunter, Republican U.S. representative from
California and early Trump supporter, member of the House Armed
Services Committee
   - Jim Talent, former Republican U.S. senator from Missouri
who was on the Senate Armed Services Committee
   - Rick Perry, former Republican Texas governor
   - Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser under
President George W. Bush

   Health And Human Services Secretary

   - Tom Price, Republican U.S. representative from Georgia who
is an orthopedic surgeon
   - Rich Bagger, former pharmaceutical executive and former
top aide to Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
   - Bobby Jindal, former Republican Louisiana governor

   Homeland Security Secretary   

   - Michael McCaul, Republican U.S. representative from Texas
and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee
   - David Clarke, Milwaukee county sheriff and vocal Trump
supporter
   - Joe Arpaio, outgoing Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff who
campaigned for Trump
   - Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state

   Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

   - Jeff Holmstead, energy lawyer, former EPA official during
George W. Bush administration
   - Robert Grady, venture capitalist, partner in private
equity firm Gryphon Investors
   - Leslie Rutledge, Republican Arkansas attorney general
   - Carol Comer, commissioner of the Indiana Department of
Environmental Management

   Energy Secretary

   - Harold Hamm, Oklahoma oil and gas mogul, chief executive
of Continental Resources Inc
   - Kevin Cramer, Republican U.S. Representative from North
Dakota
   - Robert Grady, venture capitalist, partner in private
equity firm Gryphon Investors
   - Larry Nichols, co-founder of Devon Energy Corp
   - James Connaughton, chief executive of Nautilus Data
Technologies and a former environmental adviser to President
George W. Bush
   - Rick Perry, former Republican Texas governor

   Interior Secretary

   - Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor, 2008 Republican vice
presidential nominee
   - Jan Brewer, former Republican Arizona governor
   - Forrest Lucas, founder of oil products company Lucas Oil
   - Harold Hamm, Oklahoma oil and gas mogul, chief executive
of Continental Resources Inc
   - Robert Grady, venture capitalist, partner in private
equity firm Gryphon Investors
   - Mary Fallin, Republican Oklahoma governor
   - Ray Washburne, chief executive of investment company
Charter Holdings
   - Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. representative from
Washington state and Republican Conference chair

   Commerce Secretary

   - Wilbur Ross, billionaire investor, chairman of Invesco Ltd
subsidiary WL Ross & Co
   - Linda McMahon, former World Wrestling Entertainment
executive and two-time Republican Senate candidate

   Director of National Intelligence

   - Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security
Agency
   - Ronald Burgess, retired lieutenant general and former
Defense Intelligence Agency chief
   - Robert Cardillo, director of the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
   - Pete Hoekstra, former Republican U.S. representative from
Michigan
   - Rudy Giuliani, former Republican mayor of New York City

   United Nations Ambassador

   - Richard Grenell, former spokesman for the United States at
the United Nations
   - Peter King, Republican U.S. representative from New York
   - Tulsi Gabbard, a war veteran and Democratic U.S.
representative from Hawaii

   U.S. Trade Representative

   - Dan DiMicco, former chief executive of steel producer
Nucor Corp

   Labor Secretary

   - Andrew Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants
   - Victoria Lipnic, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission commissioner and former Labor Department official
during the George W. Bush administration

   Transportation Secretary

   - Elaine Chao, former labor secretary and deputy
transportation secretary under Republican Presidents George W.
Bush and George H.W. Bush, respectively. Chao is wife of Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

   Housing And Urban Development Secretary

   - Dr. Ben Carson, former 2016 Republican presidential
candidate and retired neurosurgeon

   Supreme Court Vacancy

   The Trump transition team confirmed he would choose from a
list of 21 names he drew up during his campaign, including
Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah, and William Pryor, a
federal judge with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

   Posts Already Filled:

   White House Chief of Staff

   - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

   Chief White House Strategist And Senior Counselor

   - Steve Bannon, former head of the conservative website
Breitbart News

   Attorney General

   - Jeff Sessions, Republican U.S. senator from Alabama and
senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (subject to
Senate confirmation)

   Central Intelligence Agency Director

   - Republican U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo from Kansas
(subject to Senate confirmation)

   National Security Adviser

   - Michael Flynn, retired Army lieutenant general and former
director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

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