Nikki Haley

Does Nikki Haley Have Any Clear Foreign Policy Views?

The likely next ambassador to the United Nations might be a rising GOP star, but she hasn't been very vocal on international affairs.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has reportedly accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.).

The choice is surprising, not least because Haley only reluctantly and belatedly endorsed Trump in the general election. During her State of the State address last January, she called on voters to "reject the siren call of the angriest voices" in the Republican Party, which touched off mutual criticism that led to this memorable Twitter exchange between the two:

Now that Trump is headed for the White House, he has tapped into the rising star power of Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, to be his administration's representative in the infuriating international bureaucracy known as the U.N. In doing so, he adds some diversity to his cabinet (Haley is his first female addition to his senior leadership) and also throws a bone to establishment conservatives by adding one of their favorites.

While it makes political sense for Trump to tap Haley for a cabinet position, sending her to the U.N. is strikingly odd, considering she not only has no diplomatic experience, but has also barely made any of her foreign policy viewpoints known.

Haley has met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few times, hoping to encourage Indian economic investment in South Carolina, but to date only six of the over 1200 companies doing business in the Palmetto State are Indian-owned. She has also vehemently opposed the Iranian nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic, and has asked the federal government to not send Syrian refugees to her state.

As governor, Haley also waded indirectly into foreign affairs by signing the first state-wide ban on public entities from doing business with companies who engage in boycotts "of a person or an entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction with whom South Carolina can enjoy open trade." The move was widely interpreted as being directed against the anti-Israel Boycott Divest Sanction (BDS) movement, and similar bans have been passed in eight other states.

But that's about it as far as clear indications of Haley's foreign policy worldview go.

Nominating someone with no foreign policy experience to work at the U.N. may be unusual, but considering President George W. Bush nominated John Bolton for U.N. ambassador—despite the latter's insistence that the international body shouldn't even exist—stranger things have happened.

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  1. Nikki Haley…wouldnt?

    1. Would all day

  2. YOU LEAVE MY NIKKI ALONE!

    1. Oh good, you’ve switched handles. Fuck along, now.

      1. Good morning to you too, CX.

  3. Foreign policy job. Appoint foreigner. What part of this is are you not getting?

    1. I was going to ask a rhetorical Joe Biden question, but you showed up right here!

      Will your head explode when you discover that the UN appointee speaks without an accent?

  4. Seems like if he wanted to give Bolton a job, this would have been the best one.

    1. Make Bolton the mustache czar.

      1. Or the Secretary of Mustache Rides. Or is that the same thing?

        1. Alternate weeks.

  5. Hard to believe she’ll be worse than samantha powers.

    I don’t think she is capable of the bloodthirsty, self-righteous hypocrisy of that women.. really no one is.

  6. Bans on free speech are almost always the root cause of war. Send in Shikha to straighten her out on BDS legislation.

    1. “Bans on free speech are almost always the root cause of war.”

      That’s a mind boggling incorrect statement. Indeed, I can’t think of any instance where banning free speech was directly responsible for a war.

  7. Her foreign policy views are totally irrelevant for this position. She’s Trump’s representative and stand-in there. Nothing more.

    1. The position is totally irrelevant.

      1. Indeed. Which makes this even more silly.

        1. Come on, Mike, call her Dicky Faily. You know you want to.

      2. While I agree that the position is irrelevant, it will give her foreign policy experience which will serve her well if she runs for Senate, etc. This could also be a stepping-stone to SoS. I suspect the Trump administration will not have static cabinet appointments.

  8. How much of a free agent is Ambassador to the UN? My understanding is that they are there to represent the President and his views on international matters, not act as some sort of plenipotentiary. Accordingly, it wouldn’t seem to matter much what your views are, or if you have views – you are there to be the Mouth of Sauron.

    1. Not much. They are basically there to just not make an ass of themselves or vomit on anyone. Haley will do the job fairly well, I would imagine.

      The main thing for her to worry about is that Trump is attempting to taint her by association in order to kill a primary challenge in 2020.

      1. I tried to imagine a plausible scenario in which Trump faces a serious primary challenge in 2020. That’s when I realized I have a rather poor imagination.

        All I can come up with is that he completely loses all the fundamentalists and they somehow find another candidate to get behind. But even that isn’t going to get them very close.

  9. “Does Nikki Haley Have Any Clear Foreign Policy Views?”

    For pete’s sake, she’s to be the ambassador to the UN; that office needs someone to show up on a fairly regular basis, be able to speak in public and hold their liquor.
    No other skills required.

    1. Are we sure Haley can hold her liquor though?

      1. Well enough to be Governor, so probably.

      2. SugarFree has already vouched for her ability not to vomit on anyone.

  10. Trump is building a coalition. It’s a refreshing departure from the typical appointment of a bag of cronies.
    Foreign policy experience is kinda pointless for a UN ambassador. Just look at Samantha Powers. Has she done anything?

    With Haley, Trump has an outsider (to him) who brings in broader support of the base. He has a potential ally on immigration and Iran. It also opens a big door toward tighter relations with India, who should be one of our closest allies, but yet has been held at arms length by Obama. India, a nuclear power and biggest country, but yet is not on the security council. If Trump wants to rewrite the US’s relationship with the UN, India would be the biggest potential ally to force change.

    A very solid choice.

    1. She should change her name back to Nimrata Randhawa

      1. It’s a little surprising that Shikha Dalmia hasn’t compared her to George Washington’s slave mistresses yet.

      2. Yeah, but foreign sounding names never do well in American politics.

    2. Few voters really care about foreign policy though. I doubt even Trump does. I’m thinking it might be a halfass attempt at trying to appease females and republicans. Could have given her a lot better post though, but didn’t.

      1. If someone can show that Trump chose Haley because she’s Indian, as stupid as that idea is, I’ll be really surprised

    3. Trump is building a coalition. It’s a refreshing departure from the typical appointment of a bag of cronies.

      I’m assuming you were laughing as you typed that, because so far the nomination of Haley and appointment of Preibus are the only data points pointing that direction. Everyone else Trump has officially announced before this has either been a campaign staff member (Bannon, Conway, Ebell), campaign advisor (Flynn), or one of the very few people who endorsed him (Sessions), AFAICT.

      1. It’s a big departure from Obama. sad that you can’t recognize that. His cronies are in the inner circle, yeh. but the key cabinet posts look to be filled with outsiders.

        If the rumors about Romney, Carson, Mattis, as well as Gabbard and Ford are true, it will be a large diverse cabinet of non-cronies.

        1. If the rumors about Romney, Carson, Mattis, as well as Gabbard and Ford are true, it will be a large diverse cabinet of non-cronies.

          Big government-spenders, kooks, warhawks, law & order authoritarians–yup, every kind of asshole Republican will be represented.

        2. Because he has no cronies for the other cabinet posts, unless he starts pulling people from his businesses.

          1. Gingrich, Christie, Guliani were all thought to be top choices and on his short list of cronies, but yet we’re not seeing appointments.

  11. It’s a way to shore up with the anti-Trump side of the GOP by sticking her in a meaningless yet prestigious position. Win win as far as he’s concerned.

  12. I knew a girl named Nikki
    I guess you could say she was a sex fiend
    I met her in a hotel lobby
    Masturbating with a magazine
    She said how’d you like to waste some time
    And I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind

  13. “Nikki Haley ? @nikkihaley
    @realDonaldTrump, Bless your heart.”

    Translated into New York lingo, that’s like saying “kiss my ass.”

    1. Thanks. In the South that phrase is a polite snub, often used to describe people who are idiots or have said idiotic things.

    2. The bbc website story provides a little translation amusingly. “Considered by southerners as a condescending dismissal” or something like that.

      1. Yep, nailed it. And the brits know about that sort of thing.

  14. Wikipedia says that “Nikki” is short for Nimrata.

  15. “only six of the over 1200 companies doing business in the Palmetto State are Indian-owned.”

    OK, this is a serious question, not a Bidenesque punch line: How many franchisees in SC are Indian or of Indian descent?

    1. Yeah, I’m suspicious of that figure, too. Of course Indian is different than Pakistani which might account for some of that.

    2. Are there no motels in South Carolina?

  16. “Does Nikki Haley Have Any Clear Foreign Policy Views?”

    I assume she learned from one of her predecessors that vacationing in Argentina with your lover while your spouse is bad.

    1. +1 Hiking the Appalachian Trail

  17. I would think having no set views would be a plus. Having someone look at events on a case by case basis without a agenda going in sounds good.

  18. “While it makes political sense for Trump to tap Haley for a cabinet position, sending her to the U.N. is strikingly odd, considering she not only has no diplomatic experience, but has also barely made any of her foreign policy viewpoints known.”

    You’re overlooking the fact that she’s foreign-looking, so she must know something.

    I have a Korean friend that’s no good at math. The guy that hired him acts like the interview was false advertising.

    Once, this lady I worked with was talking about a coworker from Sudan. The girl from Sudan was about as white as I am. The lady said, “You don’t look like you’re from Sudan”.

    The person who said that was an ethnic Vietnamese woman from the Caribbean. She said it to a gay redneck.

    I’m just sayin’.

    1. “The person who said that was an ethnic Vietnamese woman from the Caribbean. She said it to a gay redneck.”

      Have those two considered getting their own TV show?

      1. When I worked for that company, they’d had some trouble out of the Jacksonville office with racism.

        I know, it’s hard to believe there could be racism problems in a place like Jacksonville!!!

        Anyway, they did this company wide diversity program and broadcasted it from the LA office–’cause we looked like the freakin’ rainbow coalition. As a caucasian heterosexual, I was the weird one.

        They brought in this consultant for the diversity workshop, and the COO and everybody was there. The consultant got to a Q&A session, and she encouraged everyone to ask whatever question they had from any office, and they would answer it honestly.

        The very first question, one woman asked, “Why aren’t there any women in senior management?”

        The consultant tried to start answering, but the COO interrupted her. She tried to stop him, but he insisted on answering it himself. He says, “That’s my doing, actually. I have a lot of experience, and in my judgement, women are just too emotional for senior management”. Then he sat down on the podium with a satisfied smile that said, “See? And here you guys thought I was gonna screw it up!”.

        Everyone started laughing.

        He was fired. There were a bunch of sexual discrimination lawsuits filed shortly thereafter.

        1. Wow.

          No novelist would dare concoct such a scenario.

          A TV scriptwriter, yes, but not a serious novelist aiming for “realism.”

        2. So what you’re saying is the women got all emotional.

  19. …Bolton … insiste[d] that the [UN] shouldn’t even exist

    Never thought I’d have anything in common with that douchebag.

    1. Yeah that one caught me off guard. I gotta give him credit for that one. He’s still deeply in the negative credits in my book though.

      1. That is the reason I really wanted him for UN ambassador or Secretary of State. A complete disdain for foreign diplomats.

    2. Never thought I’d have anything in common with that douchebag.

      Yeah, but the latter half of that thought it “…because he thinks it restrains the US government from making war wherever it wants with whoever it wants”

  20. If she’s an establishment darling, sounds like she’s being groomed for a future presidential run.

    Governorship gives her executive experience, and this post will let her claim foreign policy experience.

    Idk much about her otherwise, but I am amused by the idea of the progs trying to figure out how to attack a female minority candidate.

    1. I was honestly hoping he’d go with Rich Grenell, just to see the Democrats’ heads explode when Trump sends an openly gay man to the UN to lecture countries where gay people and women are actually persecuted and oppressed.

    2. “If she’s an establishment darling, sounds like she’s being groomed for a future presidential run.

      Governorship gives her executive experience, and this post will let her claim foreign policy experience.”

      Yes, I agree. Afterwards, she either goes to a central Cabinet position or runs for Senate. Then in 2024, she runs for President.

  21. If I were president, I’d tap her. I don’t know about her being UN ambassador, though.

    She’s easy on the eyes

  22. I love how its condescending to look down as a woman as underqualified.

    Unless she’s a Republican.

  23. Unless you are a dyed in the wool internationalist how is this job even a reward???

    The UN is the worlds most expensive adult day care. You really could not pay me enough to work with that crew of pirates brigands and thieves.

  24. What the freaking hell does being U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. have to do with foreign policy? It’s a kindergarten supervisor position. We really should shut the place down, throw all the kleptocrats into the East River, and repurpose that building as something more socially useful. Maybe a crack house. Until then, we need a playground supervisor there, just in case.

  25. Beginner’s luck is a thing.

  26. Shorter Anthony

    These are the foreign policy positions Trump should take.

    Navel gazing at it’s best. I salute you.

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