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Governor Haley confirmed by US Senate as UN ambassador

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South Carolina Governor Nikki HaleyPhoto by Joseph Earnest


by Joseph Earnest January 24, 2017


Newscast Media WASHINGTONThe U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by a decisive 96 to 4 vote on January 24.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley won support from most Democratic senators because she testified that she does not support Republican efforts to slash U.S. funding for the UN.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin said Haley also said that "Crimea is not Russian" despite Moscow's annexation of the peninsula in 2014, and she spoke "very strongly" about defending Ukrainian sovereignty.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, will be a "fierce advocate" for American interests at the UN.

A Senate vote is expected soon on Trump's choice for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, who was narrowly approved by the foreign relations committee on January 23.

Tillerson's bid got a key boost when Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced his support. Manchin, who faces re-election in 2018 in a state that backed Trump heavily in the presidential election, said Tillerson's extensive business career "will bring a unique perspective to the State Department."   Add Comments>> 

 Source: Radio Free Europe













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