President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected a brown skinned Asian Indian to be his Ambassador to the United Nations. Her background includes allegations of adultery.
Nikki Haley, the Republican governor of the great southern state of South Carolina, was not a Trump supporter during the election campaign, siding with fellow nonwhite Marco Rubio. She’s touted as the nonwhite future of the Republican party.
As far as White Nationalists and traditionalists are concerned, she showed her true colors when she banned the Confederate flag in South Carolina. In this post from June I covered the story of how Haley compared the Don to mass murderer Dylan Roof.
Trump made an excellent move in naming her UN Ambassador. It’s really a who cares type of job. No one I know gives two shakes of a lamb’s tail about the UN. It’s a corrupt waste of money. It’s a vipers nest of back stabbing and ridiculous political correctness too.
Getting Haley off the domestic political stage and putting her in a symbolic position with no real power is great. The Lieutenant Governor becomes the Governor now. He was a strong Trump supporter.
Donald Trump just killed two birds with one stone.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s journey to the United Nations has struck members of both parties as unlikely: the appointment of a Republican with limited foreign policy experience to a Cabinet-level post.
But through the prism of a career bursting with political diplomacy and ambition, it is a natural next step.
Haley, 44, who President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday as his nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has long shuttled between her party’s mainstream and its conservative base, maintaining ties to each wing even as she resists being labeled as “tea party” or “establishment.”
And the daughter of Indian immigrants has consistently asserted herself as a voice for both the Republican future and its past traditions.
These contradictory signals and blended alliances have made her an ascendant force as well as occasionally inscrutable. She is at once a favorite of the business elite and Mitt Romney and a populist-sounding, Sarah Palin-endorsed Southern executive.
Haley’s ability to translate those relationship skills and savvy to the U.N. will almost certainly be crucial in her success — or failure — in navigating the swirling spheres of influence at Turtle Bay.
Not only will she need to explain Trump and his brash foreign policy to the world, but she will be tasked with keeping her place within the president-elect’s at times chaotic orbit and within a Republican Party that has cracks across it.
Such a job demands studied knowledge of global politics and statecraft. It also demands nuance and steadiness amid tumult and criticism, which is where Haley’s experience is telling.
I don’t think Haley is up to the job. Hopefully, by appointing her to the UN, the genius of Donald J. Trump will lead to her having to leave politics as a failure.