Donald Trump has reportedly chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The president-elect has long admired the Republican governor, as seen in this tweet he made about her last March.
Although it seems like a lifetime ago, Trump once had major beef with Haley after she dismissed him during the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union address. And that speech was nothing compared to her condemnation of Trump during a Florida speech last March where she took on the candidate’s links to white supremacists.
“We have someone running for president who instead of bringing [people] back together like we did in South Carolina, he’s telling his supporters to punch a guy in the face! He’s telling them if they don’t do the right thing to carry him out on a stretcher. He’s telling them to say, do it again. He’s not denouncing the KKK when this is exactly the same group that protested on my statehouse grounds. We can’t have Donald Trump as president! We can’t.”
I guess she forgot to add “unless he offers me a job.”
That job, by the way, is one that is one of the top diplomatic posts in the country. Past presidents of both parties have traditionally chosen someone with a length of experience negotiating with foreign leaders.
President Obama’s first pick for the job, Susan Rice, spent her entire career working in foreign policy, including many years of service in the state department. George W. Bush initially appointed John Negroponte, and while he certainly had some serious issues, he at least had served in the U.S. foreign service for almost 40 years. Bill Clinton gave the job to Madeline Albright, who can speak in six languages, and George H.W. Bush chose Thomas Pickering, another lifelong diplomat.
So what are Nikki Haley’s foreign policy qualifications to join this august company? She was on the board of several South Carolina chambers of commerce. She served three terms in the state House of Representatives and won gubernatorial elections in 2010 and 2014.
So to recap, Donald Trump is giving an important foreign policy job to a politician with no foreign policy experience who has been one of the few on the right to call out his flirtations with white supremacists.
Makes about as much sense as anything else that’s gone down in 2016.