COLUMBIA, S.C. (WLTX) — CBS News confirms South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has accepted the position from President-Elect Donald Trump to become the US Ambassador to the U.N.
Trump made an official announcement Wednesday morning about the appointment.
The U.N. Ambassador is the nation’s leader of the U.S. delegation to the U.N., and represents the U.S. on the United Nations Security Council.
If Haley is approved for this position, Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster would become Governor. South Carolina’s number two seat would go to Senate President Pro-Tem Hugh Leatherman.
Haley was an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of the presidential race. If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first female – and first non-white – Cabinet-level official in the Trump administration. She’s the second Asian-American to serve as a U.S. governor. Trump plans to treat the job as a Cabinet-level position, according to the sources.
Despite her misgivings about Trump, she met with the President-elect last week at Trump Tower. Afterward, Haley said they’d had a “very nice” conversation.
Previous U.N. Ambassadors to the United Nations include former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
The post would be Haley’s first in the federal government.