UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2016, 8:43 a.m. ET: Donald Trump’s transition team on Wednesday morning announced that the President-elect intends to nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to be the next United States ambassador to the United Nations.
“Governor Haley 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,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”
In a statement circulated by the Trump transition team, Haley said, “Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally, and I am honored that the President-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love as the next Ambassador to the United Nations.”
The Post and Courier reported that Trump had chosen Haley for the role, citing sources with knowledge of the decision, and NBC News reported that Haley has accepted Trump’s offer, citing a source familiar with the transition efforts.
CNN also confirmed that Trump had selected Haley for the role, and the Washington Post reported that the Trump team will announce their intentions to nominate Haley for the role on Wednesday morning.
SC Gov Nikki Haley picked for UN ambassador, CNN has confirmed.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 23, 2016
Haley had initially been floated as a candidate for secretary of state, and she met with Trump last week.
Following her meeting with Trump, she gave a speech calling for the Republican party to reach out to “all citizens, regardless of their race, gender or where they are born and raised.” She told the audience at the the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington that Trump’s win “was not an affirmation of the way Republicans have conducted themselves.”