Desi Nikki Haley just might be the next US Secretary of State
Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s Indian-American Governor, is being considered for the post of US Secretary of State in President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet, media reports said on Thursday.
Haley, 44, considered a rising star in the Republican Party, had backed Senator Marco Rubio in the Republican primary.
She then had openly criticised Trump’s rhetoric saying: “The way he communicates…, I wish were different.”
However, before the general elections, Haley came out in support of Trump, saying that she would be voting for the billionaire tycoon from New York.
The daughter of Indian immigrants, she would bring both racial and gender diversity to Trump’s cabinet.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is also a strong contender for the position, according to reports and sources.
In a conference call with reporters last night, Trump’s transition team spokesman Sean Spicer listed 44-year-old Haley as one of the candidates the President-elect would be meeting today.
Among others the 70-year-old Trump would be meeting include former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, General (rtd) Jack Keane, Admiral Mike Rogers and Ken Blackwell. While some of these meetings are about potential cabinet members, others are about sharing ideas and advice.
Earlier in the day, a close aide of Trump from South Carolina said that Haley was being considered for a Cabinet position, including that of the Secretary of State.
Neither the office of the South Carolina Governor nor the Trump transition team have responded to this report so far.
Haley is the second Indian-American name being floated for a Cabinet position in the Trump Administration. Former Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal is also appearing in many short-lists of potential Cabinet names.