Gov. Nikki Haley’s name has been linked to a potential Cabinet position in President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration as the businessman begins to consider his new government.
The governor’s name began to be included in rumors after MSNBC host and former congressman Joe Scarborough tweeted, “Sources tell me Donald Trump is now considering Governor Nikki Haley for Secretary of State,” before adding in a second tweet that, “Trump has spent the past several days reaching out to political figures who opposed him in the Republican primary to fill major positions.”
Then Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster confirmed the report to multiple news outlets, adding that Trump’s transition team had also approached him about being attorney general. McMaster has been an ally to Trump’s campaign, being the first elected official to back Trump when he endorsed the businessman in January.
Haley’s office has not commented on the reports, which have not been verified by anyone inside Trump’s transition team.
The choice of Haley for Secretary of State would be surprising, given the governor’s lack of foreign policy experience beyond business recruiting trips to Europe and India. She also offered unenthusiastic support for Trump in the Republican primary, although she did say she voted for him on Election Day.
Haley backed Trump’s rival U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in the GOP primary and frequently criticized the businessman’s proposed ban on refugees from Muslim countries. She also warned voters against following the “siren call of the angriest voices,” in her response to President Obama’s State of the Union address this year, making little secret that she was referring to her own party’s eventual nominee.
McMaster has already indicated he will run for governor once Haley’s term ends in 2018. However, he would be in line to succeed the governor should she resign to take a Cabinet position.