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Donald Trump picks former critic Nikki Haley as US ambassador to UN

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Donald Trump picks former critic Nikki Haley as US ambassador to UN – Nov 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the woman he has tapped during his transition.

That’s according to two sources familiar with Trump’s decision, who requested anonymity to discuss the decision ahead of the announcement.

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Haley was an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of the presidential race. If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first female – and first non-white – Cabinet-level official in the Trump administration. She’s the second Asian-American to serve as a U.S. governor. Trump plans to treat the job as a Cabinet-level position, according to the sources.

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Despite her misgivings about Trump, she met with the president-elect last week at Trump Tower. Afterward, Haley said they’d had a “very nice” conversation.

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