Nikki Haley learned business efficiency and dealing with laws early on, as she worked in her mother’s clothing shop as a teenager. Later, when she became the first female Governor of South Carolina, she applied these same lessons to government functioning. Now, she has accepted Trump’s offer to become the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and hopes are high that she will do a great job.
In American politics, enemies sometimes turn into friends. Such an instance looks likely, as sources say that Governor of South Carolina and Donald Trump critic, Nikki Haley has accepted Trump’s offer to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. This development comes on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 as Trump’s transition team continues to work hard to finalize Donald Trump’s cabinet. Haley is the first woman to serve as the Governor of South Carolina and at the age of 44, she is the youngest current governor in the United States.
Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa in Bamberg, South Carolina, to an Indian Sikh family on January 20, 1972. Haley started helping her family at work from an early age when at 12, she began doing the bookkeeping at Exotica International, her mother’s ladies clothing shop. Her childhood job in her mother’s shop made Haley extremely watchful over business overheads and she developed a sharp aversion to government intrusion. Haley studied at Orangeburg Preparatory Schools and Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Haley started her career by working for FCR Corporation, a waste management and recycling company. She then joined her mother’s clothing firm, Exotica International and soon turned it into a multi-million dollar company. Soon, Haley started getting involved in politics and in 2004, she finally entered politics full time. As an elected representative of South Carolina, Haley took a strong stand on various important issues. She worked hard to lower taxes, but increased taxes on cigarettes so that the extra funds could be used to spend on smoking prevention programs and cancer research related to smoking.
Strong Stand on Issues
She tried to get more funds allocated for public education and also to be used more effectively. She tried to convince the education system that teachers should be judged and evaluated on their actual job performance and not just seniority and qualifications. Haley has stated that immigration laws should be enforced strictly and all immigrants should obtain all the required papers for becoming legal citizens of the United States. Haley has taken a strong stand on abortion. She is strictly pro-life. She has supported laws that protect the life of a fetus and that restrict abortion unless the life of the mother is at risk.
Multicultural Family Life
Haley has kept a low profile in her personal life. However, as she has become increasingly vocal in her political career, her personal life has come under the spotlight. Haley was raised as a Sikh. In September 1996, Haley married Michael Haley in a wedding, where both Sikh and Methodist ceremonies were conducted. Today, Haley identifies herself as a Christian. She and Michael have two children named Rena and Nalin.
Enemy to Friend
Trump’s offer to Haley and her acceptance of the Ambassador’s post to the United Nations comes as a bit of surprise. Haley has initially backed Trump’s rivals, Marco Rubio and then Ted Cruz during the GOP battle for the nomination of the presidential candidate. When Trump has spoken out against immigrants, Haley had stood up for them saying that “the reason the United States is so great is because the fabric of this country was made by immigrants, and it’s legal immigrants.” Later on, Haley mellowed down and at the Republican National Convention in July 2016, where she endorsed Donald Trump’s presidency attempt.
The Bearer of Expectations
Now, Haley is an ally of Trump. The two of them have to put their differences behind them and are working together for the betterment of the country. The United States is in a difficult situation, especially in regards to it’s foreign policy. As the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Haley has a huge responsibility ahead of her. However, if her past performance is any indication, this responsibility could not be in more capable hands. Haley is a consummate problem solver, and that’s exactly what the country needs.