Indian origin Nikki Haley will be Donald Trump’s pick for Ambassador to the United Nations. Nikki, Governor of South Carolina is grew up as daughter of immigrants, is known to be for free markets and got global attention for speaking out against the Confederate battle flag in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston. In her statement she said,

“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.”

Nikki Haley had criticized Trump during campaign

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Trump said of Nikki Haley that she “has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country. She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”

Haley is the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina; at the age of 44, she is the youngest current governor in the United States

Born Nimrata Randhawa in a Sikh family, she grew up in Bamberg, South Carolina. Nikki was her pet name and it stuck with her. Nikki’s parents, Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa, are migrants from Amritsar District, Punjab, India, where Ajit had been a professor at Punjab Agricultural University. Nikki Haley has a daughter named Rena, son called Nalin and is married to

Story of Nikki Haley, the Indian-American in Trump’s team

“I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every single day how blessed we were to live in this country” is how Nikki Haley would begin her speeches when running for governor of South Carolina in 2012. She started off in politics in 2004 when she ran for the state legislature of South Carolina.

She is only the second Indian American ever elected governor — the first was Bobby Jindal