Who is Nikki Haley?: Five key points

Trump nominated Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, his transition team announced on Wednesday. "President-Elect Trump has made a tremendous and most capable choice by selecting our Governor to represent the United States in the global community".

But on Monday she said none of that came up at their meeting last week in NY.

But it now looks like Trump is trying to make nice with some of the people he clashed with during the election cycle, or he is at least trying to convince people he's capable of compromising and working with his enemies.

Relations between Haley and Trump have been far from cordial, with both vaulting verbal jabs at each other during the race for the White House.

Gov. Nikki Haley has accepted an offer to become the next United Nations ambassador for the United States and the superlatives are beginning to pour in as the governor prepares to head to Washington DC.

Haley, 44, who is serving her second term, has worked on trade and labor issues as governor but brings little foreign policy experience.

If confirmed by the Senate, Haley would succeed Samantha Power, who has represented the U.S.in the United Nations since 2013.

She may have been chosen by Trump, but Haley is not a long-time supporter of the president-elect.

"Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country", the president-elect said in a statement. She supported Sen. Marco Rubio during the primaries, campaigning against Trump in SC. "We must resist that temptation".

During the early days of the primary contest to pick this year's Republican presidential nominee, Haley was mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick.

The pair feuded in January after Haley's Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union, during which she took a thinly-veiled swipe at Trump, warning against "the siren call of the angriest voices".

Ms. Haley drew on South Carolina's experience past year with the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church, saying that was exactly the kind of hate that Mr. Trump refused to repudiate.

Many of these figures are now moderating their tone and looking for work, whether they are lured by the prospect of a powerful job or are keen to serve USA interests as a moderating influence inside a Trump administration. Trump responded by calling her "weak" on immigration. She ran for re-election and won in 2014, with her term set to end in 2019.

Haley, a 44-year-old Republican, is serving her second term in the SC statehouse and is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party.

"The 44-year-old's chief foreign work centers on negotiating with global companies seeking economic development deals in the state and leading seven overseas trade missions as governor".

In a statement, Haley explained that while she meant to finish out her term, "When the President believes you have a major contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation's standing in the world, that is a calling that is important to heed". "She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage", Trump said in his statement.

The US is one of the five permanent veto-wielding powers on the 15-member UN Security Council. He will replace Ban Ki-moon of South Korea. Her views on various United States military and national security matters usually fall within the Republican Party's hawkish mainstream.

Trump himself, after speaking Monday with former Republican primary rival Ben Carson, said he was "strongly considering" the retired neurosurgeon to be secretary of housing and urban development.

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