WASHINGTON: Living on the road is hard for anyone. Add to that the pressure of being the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation, and two years, 24 months, 104 weeks, 730 days… of pressure. Of being tough. Holding strong on President Trump’s agenda and what is right for the U.S. and the world.
And you no longer need to wonder why Nikki Haley has resigned as U.S. Ambassador.
President Trump chose Ms. Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, for the position of U.N. Ambassador shortly after his election. Prior to that appointment, and after, Ms. Haley was a critic of Mr. Trump. But as we know, the President is not interested in yes women. By all reports he respected, if not genuinely likes, the Governor.
Even when she disagreed with the President, which was not infrequent.
In the Oval Office press conference, President Trump told Ms. Haley that maybe she will come back after a rest. And that she could have her pick of positions.
He also said that he would rely on her for her counsel as she “knows all the (U.N.) players.”
Haley was Governor for a tumultuous six years, followed by two-year of what she calls the “honor of the lifetime.”
“No personal reasons, but I think it is important for govt officials to know when to step aside, and I have given it everything I got for the last eight years.”
Ms. Haley has often said she believes in term limits and that government officials need to know that it is important to cycle in new talents that are fresh and ready to fight.
She says that putting on the armor and fighting for the United States was an honor.
Nikki Haley is not leaving until the end of the year.
Who is Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley’s appointment as Ambassador to United Nations was part of President Trumps greatest successes. In Trump’s first year in office, the empowerment of women in his cabinet is one of the most unsung accomplishments of the 45th President.
The list of first year female appointees is long: Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations (not only a woman but also child of Indian American Sikh immigrants); Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force; Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary; Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President; Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education; Jovita Carranza, U.S. Treasurer (also a minority and first-generation Mexican American immigrant); Neomi Rao, Regulation Czar (also a minority and daughter of parents from India); Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (also a minority); Heather Brand, Associate Attorney General; Kelly Sadler, Director of Surrogate & Coalitions Outreach; Mercedes Schlapp, Senior Communications Advisor (also a minority whose father was once a political prisoner of Fidel Castro); Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President; Hope Hicks, Communications Director; Jessica Ditto, Deputy Director of Communications; and Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Adviser who according to White House sources will remain in her position through the end of January and will likely be replaced by another woman after Powell completes her first year in office.
Nikki Haley not the first female U.N. Ambassador
Nikki Haley was appointed following the dismissal of Trump advisor Rex Tillerson. Ms.Haley is far from the first United States woman to hold the United Nations ambassador position. She succeeded Samantha Power and Susan E. Rice, who both worked for former President Barack Obama.
Other women envoys from the United States to the world body have included Madeleine Albright, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Anne Patterson, Rosemary DiCarlo and Michele Sison.
Nikki Haley Official Bio:
The daughter of immigrants from India, Ms. Haley favored free markets and global trade and earned international attention for speaking out against the Confederate battle flag in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston. During Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, she sharply criticized his demeanor and warned what it might mean for American diplomacy — even suggesting that his tendency to lash out at critics could cause a world war.
Birthdate: January 20, 1972
Birth place: Bamberg, South Carolina
Birth name: Nimrata Nikki Randhawa
Father: Ajit S. Randhawa, professor and business owner
Mother: Raj Kaur Randhawa, teacher and business owner
Marriage: Michael Haley (1996-present)
Children: Rena and Nalin
Education: Clemson University, B.S., 1994
Haley’s parents are Indian immigrants who owned, Exotica International Inc., a small foreign goods store that evolved into a multimillion-dollar clothing and gift venture. Exotica closed in 2008 when the Randhawas retired.
Haley helped with bookkeeping at her parents’ business, while she was a teenager.
Her husband, Michael, served in the National Guard and was deployed in Afghanistan for a year. He was part of an agricultural team that trained Afghan farmers how to turn their poppy crops into food crops.
Haley was raised in the religion of Sikh but converted to Christianity in her 20s. In 2011, she made history by being the first woman and the first person of an ethnic minority to hold the governorship of South Carolina.
She is also the second Indian-American governor in US history. Bobby Jindal was the first, in Louisiana.
Ms. Haley is the 2018 recipient of the Independent Women’s Forum to be award on November 14, a fitting conclusion to her service to the state of South Carolina and the United States of America.
Prior to becoming the 29th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Haley was elected in 2010 as the first female and first minority Governor of South Carolina.
Image: President Donald J. Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley arrive Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where they participated in the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)