President-elect Trump picks South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be US ambassador to UN

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks on stage during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump has picked South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be the US ambassador to the United Nations, according to a source familiar with the decision.

An official Trump transition announcement is expected later Wednesday. The Charleston Post and Courier newspaper was the first to report this story overnight.

Haley has already carved out a legacy for herself, serving as her home state’s first female and Indian-American governor.

While on the stump, Haley vocally disavowed Mr. Trump, appearing publicly on behalf of Marco Rubio and endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz after the Florida senator dropped out of the race.

Relations between Haley and President-elect Trump have been far from cordial, with both vaulting verbal jabs at each other during the race to the White House. Mr. Trump said in January that Haley’s stance on immigration was “weak” after the South Carolina governor welcomed properly vetted legal immigrants into her state, regardless of race or religion.

In a video response to President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address, Haley, who never calls Mr. Trump by name, implied that the then-presumptive GOP nominee would threaten “the dream that is America” for others.

Ahead of the South Carolina primary, where President-elect Trump ultimately beat out fellow GOP presidential hopefuls, Haley called the billionaire-turned-politician “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.”

In October, however, Haley switched her position, saying she would vote for Trump even though she was “not a fan.”

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