South Carolina (WLTX) - Leaders from around the state are weighing in after Trump announced his nomination for the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
Columbia City Mayor Steve Benjamin tweeted his congratulations to Haley on her nomination.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement:
"Governor Nikki Haley would be a strong and effective voice for America as our Ambassador to the United Nations, an often hostile environment. Her fortitude for freedom and democracy will prevail over constant attacks on America and our ally, Israel. As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I look forward to working with Nikki Haley to advance freedom and democracy around the world."
I’m confident @nikkihaley will be a strong voice for UN reform and stand for American interests throughout the world.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 23, 2016
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham issued a full statement as well:
“Governor Haley is a strong leader who will be an outstanding Ambassador to the United Nations.
“As Governor of South Carolina she has recruited and dealt with some of the largest international business firms in the world. Her husband was a member of the South Carolina National Guard who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Governor Haley and her family fully understand what is at stake in the war against radical Islam. I know she will be a valuable ally to President-elect Trump as our nation tries to reengage the world and lead from the front, not behind.
“Governor Haley is a strong supporter of the State of Israel. Her presence as Ambassador will be reassuring to all those who are concerned about the increasing hostility of the United Nations toward Israel.
“I serve as chairman of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Appropriations which is responsible for funding the United Nations and all American foreign assistance. I look forward to working with Governor Haley on overdue reforms of the United Nations. I’m confident she will be a strong voice for reform and stand for American interests throughout the world.”
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison released a statement on the nomination:
"I congratulate Governor Haley on her appointment as our next Ambassador to the UN. I must note with concern, however, that every single previous UN Ambassador came to the job with previous foreign policy experience, which Governor Haley lacks. I hope the Governor is a quick study because as one of the nation's top diplomats, she will have the critical task of dealing in real time with virtually every international crisis that arises. For all of our sakes, I wish her great success!"
South Carolina Republican Party Chair Matt Moore issued a statement as well:
"Governor Haley's appointment as U.N. Ambassador shows how far our state has come and how far our nation can go in the 21st century. I couldn't be more proud that the whole world will get to see Nikki Haley's strong, principled leadership in action. It's a great day to be an American!"
U.S. Senator Tim Scott says:
"Governor Haley is a tremendous leader, and South Carolina is grateful for her service. I have no doubt she will serve America well through defending and sharing our values and strengthening our relationships with Israel and other allies. I look forward to her confirmation process."
Lt. Governor Henry McMaster issued this statement:
"Today is indeed a great day for South Carolina. In selecting Governor Nikki Haley to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, President-Elect Donald Trump has again demonstrated his determination to make America greater than ever before. Governor Haley will be an inspiration to all who believe in the American dream, at home and around the world. South Carolina is bursting with talent, and today we swell with pride that one of our daughters is preparing to step into history on the world stage. Mrs. McMaster joins me in offering our heartiest congratulations."