Will American Punjabi Nikki Haley be the next US Secretary of State?
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is being seriously considered for Secretary of State in Donald Trump’s administration, according to one source.
News of the meeting, set for the morning in New York, began to filter out late Wednesday night from multiple press outlets. It also came after Trump-ally Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster told media earlier in the day he and Haley are being considered for Cabinet positions in Trump’s White House.
McMaster said Haley is being considered for several posts including secretary of state. McMaster, one of Trump’s earliest statewide political endorsers, said the daughter of Indian immigrants could provide a fresh set of eyes on foreign affairs.
Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa in Bamberg, South Carolina to an Indian Sikh family. She was “always called Nikki, which means ‘little one,’ by her family.” Her parents, Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa, are immigrants from Amritsar District, Punjab, India, where Ajit had been a professor at Punjab Agricultural University.
It was also announced Wednesday that Haley, along with a string of other current and former lawmakers, will meet with the president-elect Thursday.
Trump will also be meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell, NSA head Mike Rogers, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Haley was a reluctant supporter of Trump during his presidential run and supported Marco Rubio during the GOP primary.