Nikki Haley joins Donald Trump's panel, becomes the first Indian-American to be a cabinet principal

President-elect Donald J. Trump has been swift enough to diversify his cabinet by recruiting Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Betsy Devos, a prominent Republican fund-raiser. Interestingly both opposed him during the campaign. 

Nikki Haley had opposed Trump during the campaign. Photo courtesy: saboteur365

Nikki Haley who has been named the ambassador to the United Nations is the first person of Indian origin to be a cabinet principal. Nikki and Betsy will be the first women in Trump's cabinet.

Considering Nikki Haley refused to be Donald Trump's running mate during the Presidential race it is surprising that he has picked in South California governor Nikki Haley nee Nimrata Randhawa to the post of Secretary of the State.

The 44-year-old met the President-elect late on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Besides Nikki, other big personalities vying for the position were Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton.
As per media reports, Donald Trump seems to be living up to his speech. True to what he said, Donald has picked up a female candidate of foreign(Indian) origin, who was born in Bamberg to Indian immigrants - Raj and Ajit Randhawa, South California for a key post. This move could send a reassuring message to the world that his administration won't be run by racists.

Besides being the first non-Caucasian and first Asian-American governor, Nikki Haley won the governorship of a southern state when she was 38 and won a second term four years later. She also became the first female governor of South Carolina.

Nikki is connected to her roots in India, she visited the country in 2014 as South Carolina governor to promote the state's business interests, to spend time in her ancestral place in Amritsar, Punjab, and Golden Temple.

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Deepti Kaul
Deepti Kaul – Senior Writer

Deepti Kaul has over a decade’s experience in journalism. She has worked with media giants like Hindustan Times, NDTV, India Today, IndiaTV and as a freelancer. She loves to write on Indians abroad, fashion, lifestyle,food, travel, showbiz, education, parenting while meeting people and experiencing different cultures.

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