Indian-American Nikki Haley to be considered for the post of Secretary of State

News Agencies | First published: 17 November 2016, 10:04 IST
Nikki Haley
Indian-American Nikki Haley to be considered for the post of Secretary of State (Patrika)

The presidential transition team said , on 17 November, that Indian-American Nikki Haley will meet US President-elect Donald Trump as she is being considered for a cabinet position. According to reports, she is being considered for the high-profile post of Secretary of State.

The transition team's spokesman Sean Spicer listed 44-year-old Haley as one of the candidates that Trump would be meeting. Trump will also meet former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Gen (rtd) Jack Keane, Admiral Mike Rogers and Ken Blackwell.

While some of these meetings are about potential cabinet members, others are about sharing ideas and advice. Earlier in the day, a close aide of Trump from South Carolina said that Haley was being considered for a Cabinet position, including that of the Secretary of State.

"It would be like how Mr Trump is bringing fresh eyes to running our government," South Carolina Lt Governor Henry McMaster told The Post and Courier. The daily did not provide any other details.

McMaster was one of the earliest ones to have endorsed Trump during the primaries and has been praised by the President-elect several times in the past.

Haley had endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio during the primaries and was also critical of Trump in her Republican response to the State of the Union Address by US President Barack Obama in January.

However, before the general elections, Haley came out in support of Trump, saying that she would be voting for the billionaire tycoon from New York.