President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley at Trump Tower in New York City on Thursday. Haley, a rising star in the Republican party, is reportedly being considered by Trump for several cabinet positions, most notably, according to multiple reports, the secretary of state job.
The meeting is somewhat awkward in that Haley, the first Indian-American woman elected governor in the Deep South, was one of Trump’s most visible foils during the Republican primary process. She delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union Address earlier this year in which she was highly critical of some of Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
“During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices,” Haley, referring to Trump’s remarks on immigration and proposed ban on Muslims entering the country, said during the address. “We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.” She followed that speech up by taking her criticism of Trump to morning television the following day. Haley ended up backing Senator Marco Rubio of Florida prior to his presidential campaign eventually flaming out as Trump continued his march to the nomination.
News of Haley’s meeting with Trump came after South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster, a vocal Trump supporter throughout the primary and general election campaigns, revealed that Haley was being considered for roles in the Trump administration. Of Haley’s potential appointment to the secretary of state post, McMaster said, “It would be like how Mr. Trump is bringing fresh eyes to running our government.”
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