South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will meet with United States President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, her Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster said. Haley is being considered for several positions in Trump’s Cabinet, including that of secretary of state, McMaster said, according to several media reports.
Trump’s presidential transition team also confirmed the meeting, which takes place as the election winner seeks to fill all Cabinet posts before he takes over from outgoing president, Barack Obama. However, neither Haley’s office or Trump’s transition team confirmed whether the governor was being considered for a top job, PTI reported.
Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, had endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio during the Republican primaries. She then criticised Trump in her Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union address this year. Haley is the second Indian-American being reportedly considered for a Cabinet position, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s name appearing on short lists as well.
Trump won the presidency on November 8, bagging more than 270 electoral votes, even though pre-election polls had predicted a win for his rival, Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton. His win ends the Democrats’ eight-year run at the White House.