Trump picks SC Gov. Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations

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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2016 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks to the crowd at the Kemp Forum, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Columbia, S.C.

New York, New York (NBC) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has accepted Donald Trump’s offer to be his ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with the president-elect’s transition process confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday.

Haley, 44, is a two-term governor. She initially backed Trump rivals Sen. Marco Rubio and then Sen. Ted Cruz during the GOP battle for a White House nominee.

She is the first woman in the state’s history to hold the role and only the nation’s second Asian-American governor.

The daughter of immigrants from India, Haley served three terms in South Carolina’s State House before winning the governorship in 2010 and again in 2014.

Haley’s limited foreign policy experience is likely to draw scrutiny during Senate confirmation hearings for the Cabinet-level position.

If confirmed, Haley would succeed Samantha Power, who served as President Barack Obama’s U.N. ambassador since 2013.

Trump’s selection of Haley caps a remarkable year for their political relationship. They started 2016 with a fight and are ending it as allies in a nascent Trump administration.

The pair feuded in January after Haley’s Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union, during which she took a thinly-veiled swipe at Trump, warning against “the siren call of the angriest voices.”

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