[guest post by Dana]
In spite of throwing barbs and accusations at each other during the primaries, President-elect Donald Trump has selected governor of South Carolina and daughter of Indian immigrants Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador.
Here is Trump’s statement:
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. She is also a proven deal maker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.
Haley explains why she accepted the nomination:
I always expected to finish the remaining two years of my second term as governor. Not doing so is difficult because I love serving South Carolina more than anything. I was moved to accept this new assignment for two reasons. The first is a sense of duty. When the President believes you have a major contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation’s standing in the world, that is a calling that is important to heed. The second is a satisfaction with all that we have achieved in our state in the last six years and the knowledge that we are on a very strong footing.
Haley will remain governor of South Carolina until confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Her detractors have pointed out that she agreed to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of her state’s capitol, she is a favorite of the GOP establishment, and that she is soft on immigration (ironically then-candidate Trump made that accusation).
Also, in another move sure to “blunt criticism” that Trump’s selections have come from a pool of old white men, Dr. Ben Carson released a statement this morning saying that he would be willing to accept a position in the Trump administration:
Winning the presidential election was only the first step for those who love traditional America and do not wish to fundamentally change it. Now the hard work begins of restoring the values that made us great. We must bring back the compassion and the unity that empowers us and banish the divisiveness that weakens us. After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone. We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid. An announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.
Word is that Dr. Carson is being looked at to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (On a side note, strolling through the post-election wasteland known as Twitter, I see that a number of people consider a black man being made the offer to head up HUD to be typically racist Because “Urban”. No mention that such an assumption is denigrating to Carson and bigoted in itself… ) And while it’s true that Carson has no experience running government, it’s hard to see just how he could screw up the agency any more than it already is.