Nikki Haley, who introduced her 2024 US presidential bid, has not solely taken on political insiders in South Carolina but in addition confronted nations like China and Russia throughout her stint on the UN.
In her speeches, Ms Haley, 51, identifies herself as a “proud daughter of Indian immigrants”, whereas in public life her mates and foes describe her as a “conservative outsider”, a “trailblazer”, and a “fighter”.
Born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to immigrant Punjabi Sikh mother and father in Bamberg, she is the two-term Governor of South Carolina and the previous US Ambassador to the United Nations.
She earned an accounting diploma from Clemson College. After that, she joined her household’s clothes enterprise.
Earlier than coming into the general public service, she served as treasurer and president of the Nationwide Affiliation of Ladies Enterprise House owners.
At 39, Haley was the youngest governor within the US when she took workplace in January 2011, and made historical past as South Carolina’s first feminine governor. She was additionally the state’s first Indian-American governor and would go on to serve for 2 phrases.
From January 2017 to December 2018, she served because the twenty ninth US ambassador to the United Nations underneath the earlier Trump administration.
Being a lady from an ethnic minority group, the pundits have underestimated Haley her complete life, and he or she has confirmed them flawed each time.
She defeated a 30-year Republican incumbent when she ran for the state legislature.
She defeated higher recognized and higher funded Republicans when she ran for the governor and defied expectations on the UN and confirmed the world what actual management seems like.
As Nikki likes to say, “Underestimate me…that’ll be enjoyable.” Because the governor of South Carolina, she was generally known as a job creator, reformer and conservative champion, whereas as diplomat on the UN, she was a reformer, fighter, and human rights champion.
On the UN, she ushered in a brand new period for Israel on the international physique, urging ex-President Donald Trump to maneuver the US Embassy to Jerusalem and defending the US’ “sovereign proper” to take action.
She additionally stood up for Israel’s proper to defend itself and condemned the UN’s routine anti-Israel bias.
Haley established a detailed relationship with India, recognised its voice and ceaselessly consulted New Delhi on numerous problems with significance for the worldwide group.
She visited India in 2018 and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and mentioned methods to boost India-US cooperation at a number of ranges, together with counter-terrorism.
On the UN, she negotiated the strongest set of sanctions in opposition to North Korea, convincing China and Russia to signal onto the settlement.
Generally known as the “Iran whisperer,” she was instrumental in making the case for repealing former US President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.
Haley held the UN accountable, main America’s withdrawal from the corrupt and anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council. She negotiated historic reforms on the UN, chopping the UN finances and making the worldwide physique’s missions simpler and clear.
On the UN, she was the Trump administration’s most vocal critic of Russia. She additionally took on the world’s worst human rights abusers, together with North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and Syria.
For her work on the UN, Forbes had named her one of many world’s 100 strongest girls.
Haley’s time period on the UN marked vital change in US-China relations. She confronted China’s Uyghur atrocities and re-education camps, and warned of the existential menace China has on America and the world.
Nikki pushed for and signed a invoice that put legislative votes on the file.
Dubbed as “Jobs Governor”, Haley turned South Carolina’s financial system round throughout her tenure as governor and reworking the state into a producing powerhouse.
She lower taxes, repealed burdensome laws, and turned South Carolina into “the Beast of the Southeast.” Underneath her management, figures be aware, the state’s unemployment charge hit a 15-year low, and when she left workplace, South Carolina was at full employment.
On the finish of her tenure, extra South Carolinians have been working than at some other time in historical past, and the state was outperforming the nationwide common.
Her State administration moved 1000’s of South Carolinians from welfare to work.
She signed a voter ID invoice and defended it in opposition to Obama’s lawsuit.
Ms Haley describes herself as a proudly pro-lifer and speaks overtly about her hassle having youngsters and her husband’s adoption. As governor, she signed key pro-life payments and enacted initiatives to assist pregnant girls and new mothers.
She is thought for providing regular, compassionate management via many crises, together with a mass taking pictures by a white supremacist, a police taking pictures, hurricanes, two ice storms, and a 1,000-year flood.
She averted riots that engulfed different states and negotiated a bipartisan compromise to take down the Accomplice flag from the Statehouse.
Supporting the army and their households is private for Haley. In 2013, her husband Michael, a fight veteran, deployed to Afghanistan, making her the primary governor in US historical past to have her partner deployed.
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