US President-elect Donald Trump may appoint South Carolina governor Nikki Haley as the next Secretary of State after he moves to the White House. If this happens she would be the first person of Indian origin to the post. At lest three of last five to head the state department were women, who included Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.
The transition team of the president-elect have confirmed that she was in the running for the top job at Foggy Bottom. Several other names have also cropped up for the post of the Secretary of State who included Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton. Choosing Haley would be a first sign that Trump will not try to impress supporters of white conservative insurgents who fueled his march to the Presidency.
Selecting a female of foreign-origin to the important position will send a message to the rest of the world that his administration is not going to be overrun by racists and xenophobes, a TOI report has said.
Haley had won the governorship of a southern state when she was only 38 years old, and further got second term four years later. Nicky Haley also became the first female governor of South Carolina, apart from being its first non-Caucasian and first Asian-American governor.
She was earlier in the running for Trump’s vice-presidential ticket after she disdained him during the primaries where she supported Marco Rubio. After hitting out at Trump’s stand on several issues, Haley backed him with some reservation once he won the nomination from the Republican party.