Indian-American Nikki Haley confirmed as new US envoy to United Nations

She won praise from Democrats during her confirmation hearing last week, where she freely aired disagreements with Trump on some policy matters and said that the new president would welcome a range of views

Indian-American Nikki Haley confirmed as new US envoy to United Nations

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as US president Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, making her the fourth member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet to be approved.

The South Carolina-born daughter of Indian immigrants became the state's first female and first minority governor in January 2011. She will step down from her post in South Carolina to take one of the country's high-profile diplomatic job. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of confirmation, with just four senators — Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico — voting against her.


She won praise from Democrats during her confirmation hearing last week, where she freely aired disagreements with Trump on some policy matters and said that the new president would welcome a range of views.

Haley, who had been critical of Trump as a candidate, voiced heavy skepticism about Russia and optimism about NATO, both deviations from some of Trump's statements. She unequivocally rejected the idea of a Muslim registry or ban, which Trump has never fully disavowed.

However, during her confirmation hearing, Haley seconded criticism of the 193-nation organization by Trump and many of their fellow Republicans. She called for a close look at U.S. spending on the United Nations and blasted what she called its bias against Israel. Washington provides 22 percent of the U.N. budget.

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