Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2017: The U.S. Senate on Tuesday has approved the name of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as the country’s next ambassador to the United Nations, delivering new President Donald Trump one of his most potent diplomatic tools
Halley’s name was confirmed by the Senate, after the lawmakers voted 96 to four in her favour.
However, the four senators, who voted against her, were Bernie Sanders, Christopher A. Coons, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.
The 45-year-old will assume the job at UN headquarters in New York with a clear early task: reassuring nervous governments around the world that Washington will remain engaged in international diplomacy during the era of Trump.
The new US president had just three cabinet members in place prior to the Haley vote: Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and CIA director Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed and sworn in late Tuesday.
She was the first female Governor of South Carolina and the second Indian American, after Bobby Jindal, to serve as a governor in the United States.