The Governor’s Office has confirmed that Gov. Nikki Haley met with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday amid rumors the Republican is considering her for a post in his future administration.
“They had a good discussion, and she is very encouraged about the coming administration and the new direction it will bring to Washington,” the governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Godfrey wrote in a statement.
Haley’s future is suddenly the topic of speculation among South Carolina’s political observers, ever since MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tweeted Wednesday that the governor is a possible candidate for Trump’s Secretary of State. Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway told reporters in New York on Thursday that Haley met with Trump around noon, but she would not answer if it was over a possible Cabinet position.
“We’re just happy to have her here for her advice and her counsel and hearing about the great success story that is South Carolina under her leadership,” Conway said in audio that was recorded by a nearby C-SPAN camera.
During an appearance on CNN Thursday, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would back Haley’s nomination. “I think Nikki is a traditional Republican when it comes to foreign policy,” he said. “Probably more like Ronald Reagan than Rand Paul. And, at the end of the day, I would support her,” he added in reference to Paul’s more isolationist leanings.