So much for opposition to the KKK.
KRISTEN WELKER: She [Haley] was one of his sharpest critics during the primary. she supported Marco Rubio and then Ted Cruz. Her criticisms of him not just over policy differences but over those ethical differences, those moral differences that really divided this country during the campaign. If you read into her statement, she has made the calculation that ultimately she thinks for the good of the country she will accept this post if she is confirmed. From the perspective of President-elect Donald Trump, she brings diversity. She is his first female pick. She's of course of Indian descent. But at the same time, she branches out beyond his loyalists. And one top aide saying, yes, you're starting to see a team of rivals come together. "Team" might be a little bit strong right now. The bottom line is he is bringing some of his rivals into the fold.
In terms also of whether or not she will get confirmed: one of the challenges will be she doesn't have broad foreign policy experience.
I just spoke to a top Trump transition official who said President-elect trump likes her because he thinks she's a deal maker.
Yeah, and I'm figuring the deal was, "I'll nevermind that your the President of fascists and the KKK, and you'll ignore that I'm completely unqualified for the job."
This appointment has two added benefits.
Trump supporter and South Carolina Lt. Governor Henry McMaster wins the "Mike Pence lucky to be here" prize of ascending to the Governorship.
Nikki Haley brings "diversity" to the Trump White House while never actually having to attend a cabinet meeting when the United Nations is in session, the end.