by Alex Christoforou
The good news with a Trump presidential victory was that the woman who spearheaded much of the Ukraine coup and Syria-ISIS invasion, Samantha Power, will be replaced as US Ambassador to the UN.
The “bad” news is that neocon names like John Bolton were hanging around the short list of possible replacements to Power…which would mean swapping out one war monger from the left, with another war monger from the right. Two sides of the same coin.
Luckily a neocon is not going to be heading to the United Nations, and Power, who championed US “humanitarian wars” is being shown the exit door…and it could not come soon enough.
In what will be the first woman appointment to Donald Trump’s administration, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has accepted the president-elect’s offer to be ambassador to the United Nations.
Haley, 44, is a two-term governor who initially backed Trump rivals Senator Marco Rubio and then Senator Ted Cruz during the GOP primary.
Zerohedge reports on Haley’s appointment to the United Nations…
Haley has little direct foreign policy experience. She has spent time overseas negotiating trade deals for South Carolina businesses, but she has never served in a roll directly related to American foreign policy, or any other role in the federal government. As such, she is likely to draw scrutiny during Senate confirmation hearings for the Cabinet-level position. Haley would be the first ambassador since Madeleine Albright never to have served in any other role in the federal government before heading to Turtle Bay.
In what has been dubbed a “remarkable” shift in the president-elect’s mindset, Trump’s selection of Haley caps a dramatic year for their political relationship. They started 2016 with a fight and are ending it as allies in a nascent Trump administration, suggesting that far from bearing grudges Trump is willing to reconcile in the name of national interests.
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.” Haley told Matt Lauer the following morning that then-candidate Trump “has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk.”
“If we have citizens who are law-abiding, who love our traditions, who do everything to be productive citizens in America, they should feel welcome in this country,” Haley said. “The reason this country is so great is because the fabric of this country was made by immigrants, and its legal immigrants.”
In February, she called Trump “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.” The following month Haley endorsed Rubio in the South Carolina primary. Following Rubio’s loss and subsequent withdrawal from the race, Haley said it was her “hope and prayer” tha Cruz would win the Republican nomination.
By the Republican National Convention in July, though, Haley had warmed enough to Trump to say she planned to vote for him in a tepid endorsement to MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff.
“I would not be here if I didn’t want to make sure that Hillary [Clinton] was not going to be the next president,” Haley said in July.
Haley is married to a captain in the Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan, and has two teenage children, according to her biography on the state’s website.