Nikki Haley

Nimrata "Nikki" Haley is U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011. From 2011 until 2017, she was the Governor of South Carolina. Haley has no significant foreign policy experience. 




The nomination of Haley to the United Nations is seen by some as indicative of Trump's attitude toward the United Nations. Her lack of experience in foreign policy as well as Trump's dismissive tweets about the United Nations suggest that he does not see value in American participation in that body.

For example, in an opinion piece in Forbes on Nov. 23, 2016, Charles Tiefer writes, "Trump has picked Nikki Haley to serve as U.N. Ambassador for two reasons. One is to highlight that he is giving a Cabinet-rank and highly visible post to an Asian-American woman. Trump’s other reason is to show his contempt for conducting foreign affairs through the U.N. in particular and multilateral organizations in general."

During Haley's confirmation hearing on Jan. 18, 2017, the Washington Post reported:

Haley questioned the priorities and effectiveness of the world body, which Trump has called a toothless debating society, but said she intends to “fix” what doesn’t work.

“I have no problem calling people out,” Haley said.

The United Nations is “often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers,” Haley said, adding that she would use the “leverage” of potential cuts in U.S. funding to demand reform.

“We contribute 22 percent of the U.N.’s budget, far more than any other country. We are a generous nation,” Haley said. “But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution. Are we getting what we pay for?”


One of the first acts of the Trump administration was to re-institute, with the full support of Nikki Haley, the "global gag rule," a policy that blocks U.S. financial assistance for any international organization that funds abortion. In an opinion piece on February 2, 2017 on Rewire, Gillian Kane says:

If former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's track record is any guide, we can anticipate she will advance the Trump administration’s ambition to eviscerate access to the full range of reproductive choices, both at home and globally.