Why on God’s green earth President-elect Donald Trump has said he will nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is a mystery to me.
But Haley, who did not support Trump during the nomination process, announced on her gubernatorial website that she has accepted the post.
This month’s elections have brought exciting changes to America. Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally. Last week, President-elect Trump asked if I would meet with him to discuss those challenges, which I was happy to do. He has asked that I serve our country as our next Ambassador to the United Nations. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, I have agreed.
I always expected to finish the remaining two years of my second term as governor. Not doing so is difficult because I love serving South Carolina more than anything. I was moved to accept this new assignment for two reasons. The first is a sense of duty. 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. The second is a satisfaction with all that we have achieved in our state in the last six years and the knowledge that we are on a very strong footing.
I will remain as governor until the U.S. Senate acts affirmatively on my nomination.
So there it is.